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Security for Lockdown and Beyond

 

Towards a New Normal

It can hardly have escaped anyone’s attention – The UK Government is looking toward a way for us to leave the lockdown we’re currently in. It won’t mean a quick return to the previous state; rather, a slower, more considered approach – and what we eventually return to likely won’t be the same “normal” that we saw before COVID-19.

The gradual easing of restrictions means that people will be allowed to go back to work – if their employers can maintain strict social distancing requirements. The fact of the matter is, for the time being, a lot of people can – and should, as per the official advice – continue to work from home where possible, and we’re doing all we can to help our clients provide safe and reliable methods of remote working for their teams.

 

Safety and Security

While personal health and safety are (and should remain) paramount, keeping your personal details and data secure is also important as we move onward and approach working in a slightly different way. It’s likely that more people will consistently work remotely, as systems and infrastructure to allow this have had to be put in place to allow continued operation for certain businesses. These kinds of remote working systems will continue to be added to and improved over time – and you can be sure that we at Geek Guru will continue to do the best we can for our clients and customers, to keep them updated on any new developments.

There are some things that should be taken into consideration, though – working from home can sometimes lull people into a false sense of security. While secure systems are a major factor in keeping your data secure, there are some steps that everyone can take to help keep private data secure, whether it’s work-related or personal.

 

  • Enable two-factor authentication where possible.
  • Be mindful of clicking links or downloading attachments from emails, even if they seem to be from a safe source.
  • Use a password manager like LastPass instead of writing down important passwords.
  • Do not share your passwords for work accounts with anyone else, including co-workers, unless explicitly asked to do so.
  • Use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) for enhanced security, if available.
  • Make sure sites that ask you for personal information are reputable and are secured with SSL (Look for the padlock icon or https:// in the address bar).
  • Do not store any sensitive information on shared devices.
  • Ensure devices are secured with a strong passcode, password or with biometrics.

 

We endeavour to answer any security-related queries or concerns from our clients as quickly as possible; if you need additional help or advice during this time, please do contact us as normal.

If you would like information or help in deploying remote working technologies to your team or expanding upon your current infrastructure, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you!

 

Need help with hardware or software to help keep your team organised and productive while working remotely? We can help! Give us a call on 0121 312 1500 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk
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