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By Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA
As the world comes to grips with COVID-19, many businesses are responding by encouraging team members to work from home. The rationale behind this action is to reduce the possibility of a contaminated team member encountering other team members, and potentially contaminating them. Unfortunately, not everyone has thoughtfully considered the security ramifications of encouraging team members to work remotely. Consequently, many of these new remote workers may potentially and unknowingly compromise sensitive information. Read this article to learn about five security best practices you need to have in place in these environments.
Do Not Connect through Unsecured Wi-Fi
It's an unfortunate fact, but many home wi-fi networks remain unsecured. As such, cybercriminals can intercept the data transmitted over these networks easily. Of course, this results in potentially compromising sensitive and privileged information. Therefore, if you work from home and use wi-fi, protect the network at a minimum by requiring a password to establish a connection. Remember, you should never utilize an unsecured wi-fi network, regardless of whether it’s in your home, a hotel or any other venue.
To improve security relative to your internet access while working remotely, consider the following options: