Tips for Improving Information Security in Your Home Office

Like many of us, you may be spending unprecedented time in your home office during the COVID-19 pandemic. How do you make sure your information stays secure? In this blog, we office several tips for improving information security in your home office.

1. Maintain a Clean Desk

Staying organized keeps you productive and improves data security in your home office. At the end of each day, make sure your workspace is clean and free of clutter. Files with sensitive personal information should be securely stored away.

2. Shred Expired Records

Do not discard documents with personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI) in a trash or recycling bin. Follow your company’s information destruction policy while working from home. Consumer-grade paper shredders do not meet the security standards of most corporate information disposal policies. Check with your employer to see if they would rather have you return expired paper records to work for destruction by an authorized shredding services provider.

3. Protect Your Devices

Sharing your work computers and laptops with family members puts data at risk. Only use employer-issued devices for work-related activities. Password protect your devices to avoid unauthorized use.

4. Secure Your WiFi Network

While using an employer-issued Virtual Private Network (VPN), take extra steps to keep it secure. Use a firewall and WPA-2 encryption to protect your home network, and make sure your router’s software is up to date.

5. Use a Password Manager and Two-Factor Authentication

Strong passwords that combine numbers, letters and special characters are hard for hackers to crack but may be difficult for you to remember, especially when updated frequently as experts recommend. A password management application generates complex, encrypted passwords for every site you visit, so your login data stays safe. Many web-based services now offer two-factor authentication, which works by sending you a passcode each time you log in or using a code generator app like Google Authenticator. Combining two-factor authentication with a password manager keeps your information on lockdown.

By following these tips, you can improve information security in your home office.

American Document Securities offers shredding, records management, and data protection services for businesses in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.

During these unprecedented times, maintaining security for our clients’ information continues to be our top priority. To let us know how we can support your business, please contact us by phone at 877-527-5237 or complete the form on this page.

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