Remain secure while working from home

Home and remote working for independent practitioners and their staff opens great possibilities for flexible working practices, but it also significantly increases the risk from cyber threats and data breaches, warns Murray Hart.

1 Firewall and antivirus protection

There is no way around it, you just need to have these to be safe. 

Antivirus software is important to have on your personal computer, but its importance is even bigger if you are using your own computer for working. Prevent malware from compromising your work and your systems.

It is highly likely that your own device does not have security measures as secure as your workplace one. 

Firewalls acts as a barrier, preventing unauthorised access to your device or network. Your place of work may have a network firewall on the company router and a personal one on your individual computer making it harder for hackers to get through.  

Antivirus software protects your device from malware, such as viruses, worms and Trojans. Ensure both securities are kept up to date. 

This may well have been done automatically in the workplace, but a personal home-based computer is unlikely to have both precautions in place, meaning the data stored is less secure.

It is therefore important to consider tightening up other areas of security to lessen the risk.  

If you are using a computer provided by your employer, this should be checked for you. If you are using your own computer, you can look at getting a virtual private network (VPN) to secure your connection and encrypt your data further. With VPN, your important data cannot be accessed by anyone you do not want to.

2 Designated drive or system – or Cloud-based workspaces