Working from home has become the new normal for many, but it’s a potential security nightmare for many businesses.

According to Gavin Ward, CEO of Office National, there are six key areas where breaches are likely to be taking place.
. Unsafe disposal of printed materials
. Conversations being overheard by others in open-plan houses
. Webcams being accessed by hackers
. Visual hacking – screen content being observed by others
. Confidential materials being left on desks in shared living arrangements
. Computer hacking and email interception

Gavin suggests the following to mitigate the risk of security breaches;

Printed materials should be shredded, bagged and then thrown into the rubbish bin. Do not under any circumstances just throw commercially sensitive information into the household rubbish bin. People living in apartments empty their rubbish into shared bins.

Headsets are ideal for Zoom meetings because they enable you to focus your attention on the meeting and manage surrounding noise. They are also ideal for protecting the privacy of those taking part in the meeting, especially if others are working or living around you.

Webcam covers are essential to avoid security breaches by hackers.

Don’t use shared or public internet services. Make sure your internet connection is secure and password protected. Ensure your virus protection is up to date.

If you are going to be in a location where others can see your screen, get yourself a screen protector. They are cost effective and easy to place over the top of your screen. They keep your personal or confidential information safe from prying eyes. You see the information on the screen however people either side of you only see a darkened screen.
Whether you realise it or not, stranger screen danger is a big issue. A recent study showed that a staggering 87 percent of mobile workers had noticed strangers taking a sneaky glance at their screens.