How to work from home securely

Working from home can be quite liberating, a chance to escape from a busy and noisy office. But it isn’t as simple as just taking your laptop home. If you want to be as productive and secure as possible working from home, then check out the following tips.

Once you’ve set yourself up in a nice, quiet space, you’ll want to ensure you can do the following things.

Access your files

It is essential that you have a robust Internet connection when working from home. In an ideal world your employer will have shared with you some VPN settings that mean you can access all your files stored on the office network.

An alternative is to use cloud sharing platforms like Microsoft’s OneDrive or Google Docs, so you and your team can easily collaborate.

Secure your Internet connection

It is vital that when you are working with confidential information that your Wi-Fi is secured. That means enabling a password on your home network. Check out this post on how to set-up a secure connection, and this post as to why you should avoid unsecure Wi-Fi networks, especially in public spaces.

For maximum protection, please choose WPA2-AES when selecting the security settings on your Wi-Fi router. This makes sure everything you send is encrypted, and next to possible to hack.

Collaborate remotely

Working from home can make people feel disengaged from what’s going on in the office. A simple remedy is to use online collaboration tools that offer real-time communication with your teams. Popular platforms like Slack, Basecamp and Asana, let you chat to your colleagues, assign tasks and deadlines, and even share documents.

This way, you will cut down on email traffic, and can quickly get feedback on plans and ideas.

Turn off network discovery

Your work laptop should be hidden from other computers on your home network, to avoid the possibility of an intrusion.

On Windows 10, navigate to Network and Sharing Center, go to Advanced Sharing Settings, and then Turn Off Network Discovery. While in Network and Sharing Center you also disable file and printer sharing too.

We hope you found this guide useful. If you have any tips of your own that have helped you be secure and productive, let us know in the comment section.