Being Safe Working From Home

Working from home can increase some cyber security risks. This guide will help you to practice good cyber hygiene to protect your devices and data.

Further information to help you work safely from home can be found on the Working From Home With Technology page.

We have seen an increase in COVID-19 related phishing and scam. 

When working from home (especially if you are using your personal computer), you may be receiving emails on both your work and personal email accounts. There is a greater risk that you may fall victim to phishing, scam, or emails aimed at delivering malicious software (known as malware) via attachments.

What you should do:
  • As usual, practice optimal paranoia and skepticism on any email you are not expecting
  • Do not click on links or open attachments until you are certain that the email is legitimate. The Being Safe in Email page has more information on spotting malicious emails
We may be using personal computers or mobile devices for doing work, and these devices may not be properly protected against malicious software (referred to as malware) including viruses, ransomware and spyware.
What you should do:
  • Ensure your computer operating system (OS) and applications are running the latest versions
  • Ensure your computer is running security software such as Windows Defender
  • Do not install or run software downloaded from untrusted websites. Never run illegal copies
  • Try running software updater software like Patch My PC (free for personal use) on your personal computer
Working from home may increase the risk of unauthorised access to data by untrusted people. We need to remain vigilant about our practices no matter where we're working.
What you should do:
Refer to the Information Classification and Protection Guideline as well as the Technology Services Storage for Staff page. In particular:
  • Use only your work computer for handling sensitive data (such as financial, student or research data), and avoid accessing risky websites and sensitive data on your personal computer.
  • Do not copy sensitive work data to USB drives
  • Do not send sensitive data by email
  • Use Box to share data with colleagues and use appropriate settings when creating links, such as limiting to people within the organisation (ie University of Adelaide staff and students) who have the link
  • When working in public places, avoid connecting to public WiFi hotspots or discussing sensitive topics