Working from home – users failing on password security

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Working from home – users failing on password security

With all of this Covid-19 many workers have been working from home for quite some time by now. While many are beginning to look to return to the office in the near future, this pandemic may make working from home more of a regular occurence. Working from home has provided a number of benefits such as: just a few meters from the bed to the office, maybe not working longer hours, less overhead for businesses, more after-hours availability, and many others.

However, this has also provided some relaxation from a security point of view. A global OneLogin study of 5000 remote employees from Germany, France, the UK, Ireland and the US found that nearly a fifth of users (17%) share their work device password with a spouse or child. Over a third (36%) admitted not having changed their home Wi-Fi password in over a year.

Just take a minute here and think about your passwords, are you in that 17%? And what about your Wi-Fi password at home? when was the last time you changed it, if ever?

Some organizations have improved their home working policies to prevent some common security issues. However, you are still responsible for the security and safe environment when connecting from home, including your Wi-Fi password. At the end of the day, remember you are probably doing your personal banking over the same network as well.

And as always, be safe out there and until the next Malware Monday.