Many folks spend more and more time working from home which can be a great time saver. My wife has worked out of our home for many years and finds she is more productive avoiding the time and stress of driving to the office.
The downside of working from home is that the company’s data security is generally at the mercy of the employee’s home network setup. Everyone should be sure that if anyone in their home is connecting to a company or even a school network, they need to be sure that the security of their home network is robust and up to date.
Jack Marder with Zanacore Technologies here in Atlanta provides a full range of IT support. Below are a few of his pointers on how to begin securing your home network:
- Be aware of when you are sharing data. If you have any files in a public folder, move them to a more secure location.
- Use a strong password for all your wireless networks. A string of letters, number and symbols about 14 characters long is best.
- Use WPA2 security. Make sure your router is set up correctly. If you are using WEP or WPA security, change it as soon as possible.
- Change your network’s name (SSID). Routers come with a default name and keeping the default tells potential intruders lax security measures may be in place.
- Assign Static IP Addresses to Devices. Most home networks use a dynamic IP address. This is easy to set up but works to the advantage of the intruder.
In addition to making sure that the network is configured with the tightest safety settings, it also important to keep your home network patched to the latest updates. Visit your router manufacturers website on a regular basis to get the latest patches.
Teledata Select offers a whole range of services that will help you meet your business goals. Starting with a complimentary review of your current telecommunication bills to identify errors and find opportunities for savings, better service and more functionality. We also offer project management for new service implementation and infrastructure installs, including fiber and low voltage cabling. Call us at 404-257-1502 to discuss your current Telecom Service Solution and what you would like to get out of it. Or send us a note via This Link to start a no obligation discussion of your specific business technology needs.
John Hagan is President of TeleData Select, a Telecommunications Consultant located in Atlanta, Ga serving customers throughout the US and overseas. His company provides business solutions for voice, data, mobile and cloud solutions for both large and small businesses. Contact John or their team for a complimentary telecom audit to make sure you’re getting the best value for communication services. The savings you receive could offset the cost of purchasing a new Hosted or Premise VoIP phone system.