25 Security Tips for Employees Working From Home


As more and more people work from home, it’s important to be aware of the security risks and take precautions. Here are 25 working from home security tips for both staff and employers:

1. Make sure your computer is password-protected and that you have up-to-date antivirus software installed.

2. Keep your personal information confidential – do not share your passwords or PINs with anyone.

3. Be careful when accessing financial or other sensitive information online; make sure the website is reputable and has a secure connection (the web address will start with https:// rather than http://).

4. Do not leave your computer or laptop unsupervised when you are working from home – someone could easily access your files or confidential information if you leave your desk.

5. Keep your work and personal telephone conversations private by using a headset or the mute button.

6. Be aware of who is around you when you are working online – do not discuss confidential information in public places.

7. Make sure your home office is secure – use a strong password to lock your computer, keep your work papers and other valuable items out of sight, and do not leave any sensitive documents lying around.

8. If you are working from home during the evening or night, make sure all lights are turned off and all doors and windows are locked before going to bed.

9. Keep a record of all the passwords and login information for your online accounts, and do not share this information with anyone.

10. Install a good quality security program on your computer, and keep it up to date with the latest updates.

11. Regularly back up your work files to an external hard drive or cloud storage service, so you can easily restore them if they are lost or damaged.

12. Be aware of the potential dangers of working from home – make sure you take regular breaks, eat healthy food and get enough exercise, and avoid working for too long at a time.

13. If you are experiencing any problems or issues while working from home, do not hesitate to ask for help from your employer or a professional IT consultant.

14. Keep any confidential information about your employer or clients safe and secure – do not share it with anyone who does not need to know it.

15. Be aware of the dangers of phishing attacks and other online scams, and never open emails or click on links that you do not trust.

16. Use strong passwords for all of your online accounts, and change them regularly.

17. Install a good quality antivirus program on your computer, and keep it updated with the latest virus definitions.

18. Never leave your computer or other electronic devices unattended when you are working from home, especially if you are connected to the internet.

19. Make sure your home office is as secure as possible, and that all confidential information is kept in a safe place.

20. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, and do not disclose any personal information to strangers.

21. Keep a copy of your work schedule and contact details handy, in case you need to access them while you are away from home.

22. Back up your work files regularly, so that you can recover them if they are lost or damaged.

23. Use a strong password to secure your computer and other online accounts.

24. Stay vigilant and maintain good security practices, to keep your data safe and secure whilst working from home.

25. Use reliable internet connections and antivirus software, to protect your computer from online threats.

Additional information: 25 Best CyberSecurity Tips For Employees

I am a computer engineer holding a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, complemented by a Master's in Business Administration from University of Strathclyde, Scotland. I currently work as a Senior IT Consultant in Melbourne, Australia. With over 15 years of...