Common sense practices can help keep our organization’s information secure when you’re traveling or working remotely.
In a recent survey, more than 75 percent of employees admitted to not using privacy guards when working in public places.
With go-anywhere mobile devices, “work” can happen anywhere—at home, on a subway, in your hotel room, at a coffee shop. But remember, when working away from the office, our security policies still apply.
Tips for working securely when you’re out and about include:
Riding public transit:
- Don’t talk about sensitive information where people can overhear your conversation.
- Check your seat before leaving to make sure you haven’t left your mobile device behind.
- Keep your laptop or tablet close rather than in the trunk or an overhead compartment.
Visiting airport terminals or on airplanes:
- Never check in your mobile devices or USB drives with your luggage. Make sure these are within reach at all times.
- Keep an eye on your mobile devices when they are scanned at the security checkpoint.
- When working in airport terminals and on the airplane, make sure you’re using secure Wi-Fi connections.
Staying in hotels:
- Lock your laptop in the room safe or store it out of sight when you leave your hotel room.
- Don’t conduct business in the hotel lobby or other public areas where people can overhear your conversation or see your laptop screen.
Working in restaurants, coffee shops, and other public places:
- Keep your voice down when conducting business on your mobile device.
- Don’t access sensitive information if your laptop screen is within plain view of other people
- If you take a break or leave your seat, even for a minute, make sure to bring your mobile devices with you.
If you’re using off-site Wi-Fi to connect to our company’s network, take these precautions:
- Track your mobile devices when they are scanned at the security checkpoint.
- Make sure you use a Wi-Fi network that requires a security key or has some other form of security.
- Configure your device to let you “approve” the access before you connect.
- Turn off your Wi-Fi when you’re not using it.
- Make sure your antivirus software and firewall are running at all times.
- Set browser security settings on medium or high security level.