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How do I secure my equipment at home?

If you are using personal devices to work from home, we don’t have the same capabilities to make sure you are secure. Follow these basic steps to help ensure you are working from secure equipment.

  • Change your router’s default password. This will ensure that the configurations you make like enabling Wi-Fi encryption and setting a strong password will stay put.
  • Only use encrypted Wi-Fi for business. Wi-Fi encrypted with WPA-2 is more secure than Wi-Fi that is open for all to access. If you’re working from home, make sure your home Wi-Fi network is secured – all home routers support encryption. Learn more
  • Use a modern browser and make sure you’re running the latest version.
  • Make sure your device is up-to-date on security updates and that you have an antimalware program, like Windows Defender, actively running. Learn more
  • Whenever possible use the web version of your apps, such as Word, Outlook, or Excel. Another benefit to storing your files in a secure cloud location is that when you use the web version of apps your data stays on the server and isn’t downloaded to your local device. Learn more
  • Store your files in a secure cloud location rather than on a local drive or removable media. Secure cloud storage, such as SharePoint or OneDrive for Business, means that even if your physical device is lost or stolen, your data is still available to you and your company. Learn more
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