In this first instalment of a three-part series, we look at how staff can maintain the right level of security when using their devices in the summer holidays:

– Secure Your Devices. Ensure that all your devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets) are password-protected and have the latest security updates installed. This includes your operating system, antivirus software, and all applications.

– Secure Your Home Network. If you’re working from home in the holidays, make sure your home network is secure. Change your router’s default password and enable WPA3 encryption.

– Use a VPN. If you’re out and about and using public Wi-Fi networks, make sure you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This will encrypt your internet connection, making it harder for hackers to intercept your data. Also, turn off the auto-connect feature on your devices to prevent them from automatically connecting to public Wi-Fi networks, which can be insecure.

– Be Aware of Phishing Attempts. Cybercriminals often take advantage of holidays to launch phishing campaigns. Be wary of any unexpected emails, especially those asking for personal or financial information.