Time to Look At Home & IT Security

  • With more people working from home, perhaps it is a good time to check your home?

5 Top Tips to help keep you safe and productive at home:
1. Secure Your Workspace
Try and make sure your workspace is adequately secure; not in view of a window where passers-by can look in or a vulnerable room such as a conservatory or garden office. If you live with other people or young children, make sure your work devices are password protected and locked before you leave them unoccupied even if only for a few minutes. Shut them down completely at the end of the day. This is best practice in the workplace, so it is even more important when you’re at home. Ensure equipment and devices are stored out of sight at the end of the day; this will also help to keep your work and home life more separate. 
2. Mark Your Equipment
Laptops, mobile phones and tablets are obvious targets for thieves as they are small, valuable, can be quickly removed from the building and there is an easy market for them. An even greater cost, especially if you’re using an employer-issued device, is the potential loss of confidential, corporate and client information. Check if your employer has an asset register and security marked their equipment. Let them know that the Crime Reduction Team are happy to advise on property marking.
3. Control Access Through Windows And Doors 
Even if you are just popping out to collect the bins or walk the dog, remember if doors or windows are left ajar, a thief can quickly grab anything you keep nearby such as handbags and jackets with wallets and keys inside. Always close and, where possible, lock doors and windows if you have to step away from your workspace.
4. Don’t Mix Your Data
If you are using your own devices and software to work from home, keep your organisation’s data separate to avoid keeping hold of it for longer than you should. Ideally, your organisation should have provided you with secure technology to work with.
5. Look Out for Scams
The National Cyber Security Centre has reported a sharp rise in scams and suspicious emails, so be extra vigilant about clicking on and opening unfamiliar web links and attachments in emails or other messages. If something doesn’t look right, check the sender email to check it’s normal and look out for any spelling and grammar mistakes. If you do receive an email, or accidentally click on a link, you should inform your company immediately so they can mitigate the situation.
We hope these tips help you stay safe at home whilst we all get used to this new way of working.
  • Further crime prevention advice is available at www.bedfordshire.police.uk
  • or by emailing crimereduction@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk