Kingston Police offer tips on how to stay safe when working from home

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The pandemic has changed the way many people work. Hybrid and work-from-home situations are more common now, and Kingston Police remind the public to be aware of ways cybercriminals can take advantage of individuals who work from home.

“While your home may seem safe from cyberattacks, it’s important to remain cautious while working from home,” Kingston Police said in a media release. “It may be easy to get comfortable at home and forget about security precautions, but cybercriminals can use this opportunity to target you, your co-workers, and your organization. It’s up to you to prevent cybercrime from happening to your organization, even while working from home.”

Police provided the following tips below to help maintain a safe work environment at home:

Protect sensitive information, even when you’re not in the office.

  • Organize your workspace. When your workspace is organized, you’re less likely to misplace important documents and will have a place to put these documents when you aren’t using them. 
  • Follow your organization’s policy for taking screenshots or pictures of sensitive information. Blur out any personally identifiable information (PII) or other sensitive information.
  • Be careful when posting company information on social media platforms such as LinkedIn. Even if the information seems harmless, it’s better to review your organization’s policy before posting.

Protect your devices with strong passwords.

  • Set up passwords or passcodes to protect your devices. If you don’t use passwords, cybercriminals can easily gain access to your devices should you lose them. 
  • Don’t use identical or similar passwords for multiple accounts. If you have trouble remembering your passwords, use a password manager to create and manage the passwords for your accounts. 
  • Change the password for your Wi-Fi router. Most routers come with default passwords that can be easily guessed.

Use appropriate equipment.

  • Follow organization policy when using work equipment at home. It’s important that you use equipment provided by your organization as it may include important security measures to prevent cyberattacks. 
  • If you’re allowed to use personal devices for work, create a separate user profile for work. It’s best to separate your personal and work profiles.
  • Don’t download unnecessary applications or software onto your organization’s devices. If you have questions about approved applications or software, review your organization’s policy or ask your IT department.

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