Securing our computers and networks tends to be one of those tasks that invariably get overlooked. Yet this comes at great risk with tens of thousands of new malware programs detected each day. From cyber espionage to identity theft, by not securing your workspace you are putting yourself at risk. Here are 5 ways to secure your home workspace.
Install an AntiVirus program and keep it updated regularly.
Antiviruses come in all shapes and sizes. There are enterprise editions and home editions, free versions and paid versions. Whichever version you choose, make sure you keep it regularly updated and remember to schedule frequent scans to keep everything secure and your data safe.
Install Operating System updates.
Operating Systems such as Windows are complex software programs that depend on many different processes and functions to work. With so many different things working together, security holes are bound to show up. The OS developer will release software updates to fix these which you will need to download and install. This provides added security against malicious attacks.
Secure your hardware.
Installing security updates goes a long way in keeping everything secure. However, we also need to watch out for another form of malicious attack – theft. We store sensitive data on our physical devices which means we must also secure them physically. Make sure you lock your laptop away when not using it or buy a security kit to lock it to a harder-to-move object such as your desk to truly secure your home workspace.
Set secure passwords.
Passwords are most often the first line of defence when it comes to computers, laptops, and online accounts. Avoid using simple password by mixing in numbers and alphanumeric characters. Longer passwords are considered safer and do not use the same password to secure different accounts.
Bonus Tip: If your computer has encryption capabilities, switching them on will make data unreadable to those who do not have the password.
Disable Web Browser passwords.
Many web browsers offer to remember our passwords which can be very tempting when setting up complex and different passwords for different accounts. This, however, is not ideal as a security issue with your browser means all of your passwords can end up being exposed. If you have trouble remembering passwords you can either use a base password or maintain a tip sheet to help you out. You can also use a reputable password manager to manage all of your different passwords for you.