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Written by Cyndie Martini
on May 19, 2020

With many credit union branches now closed and employees working remotely, protecting sensitive company data is more critical than ever. For those credit unions that already have a robust work-at-home policy in place, including company-issued devices, they have little to worry about. Company-issued devices are procured for the highest security and access.

However, there are a number of credit unions that are not able to issue procured devices to their employees. For this group, protecting sensitive data is largely the employee's responsibility. Without a procured, company-issued computer to connect from home, employees must use their home computers. These machines are far less secure than a procured machine. However, employees can still protect sensitive bank data, such as customer information. Here are 3 simple ways on how to do that.

Work In Privacy

If others live with you, find a private place to work. Preferably a room that you can close the door, so everyone is aware that you are working. You don't want family members or friends walking up to your computer and viewing customer information. Face  the door as well, so you have time to hide any sensitive information if someone comes in.

Don't Open Email Attachments

Scammers are able to work their magic through email attachments. If you don't want to get scammed, don't open email attachments. If you don't want your machine exploited, don't open any software attachment. If someone from work needs to send an email attachment, confirm that they are sending it. Otherwise, don't open the attachment.

Change Your Router Password

Many home users never change their router password. Your default wifi password is the perfect way for someone to hack your wifi. Even if you've already changed your wifi password, it's best to change it again now that you are working from home. Family members or friends may have the old password. By updating it, you'll be sure of who is currently able to log onto your wifi.

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