Cyber Security for Working From Home | PDSC Advice

The whole world knows where you’re working right now!

Don’t leave your home office open to cyber criminals.

The following top tips can help your cyber security for working from home:

cyber security tips for working from home

Strong Password Policy

To prevent unauthorised access to your device use a strong password for all devices and social media accounts (e.g. such as a passphrase of three random words). Change default passwords on all your devices upon initial installation (especially your Wi-Fi router at home or any IoT devices you may have!) and consider using password managers to store and protect your passwords.


Turn on two-factor authentication on all your accounts and devices, to ensure that your data and information is secure.


Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to have a secure link to help protect and encrypt the data you send or receive to your work colleagues while you are working at home. It will also scan devices for malicious software.

Software update

Set all your devices and apps to download and install updates automatically to ensure that any crucial fixes are not missed, which will reduce the risk of your devices being infected with malware.

Back up

To safeguard your most important personal data and information, back them up to an external hard drive or cloud-based storage system to avoid any losses.

Phishing emails

Avoid opening links or attachments from suspicious and unexpected emails. Phishing emails may appear genuine but are embedded with a virus that could compromise your device, as well as manipulate you into sharing personal or financial information.

Install Anti-virus

Install and activate anti-virus software on all your devices, preferably set it to update automatically. This will help you to run a complete scan of your system and check for any malware infections.

Safe Online Browsing

Only visit trusted websites to avoid malicious or scam websites, especially when online shopping. Keep an eye out for websites that have a padlock sign in the address bar, as this shows that the connection and your personal information (e.g. credit card information) being sent through is encrypted and secure. However, always make sure that the website is legitimate!

Social Media

During this time, social media might be used more often for businesses to communicate to their customers. It is therefore important to review the privacy, password and security settings for all your social media accounts to make sure they are as secure as possible.


Ensure that you are maintaining contact and staying engaged with your team either via email or chat platform, as it is easy to feel isolated or lose focus when working at home.
Cyber Security for Working From Home