Data Protection Checklist When Working From Home

These are extraordinary times as we deal with COVID-19. Teams across the globe, including oneDPO, have shifted to work-from-home as a precautionary measure. Working remotely has huge data privacy and security implications. We must take data protection even more seriously as we might work from home for a prolonged period. Here is a basic checklist that will help you protect your data as you work from home.

  • Avoid personal email for work
  • Watch out for Phishing attacks that take advantage of COVID-19
  • Don’t share work files using personal cloud storage accounts on GDrive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.
  • If you use personal devices, limit work-files to one folder. Delete it once you transfer the files
  • Enable two-factor authentication
  • Install approved anti-malware and install the latest updates
  • Clear the ‘download’ folder daily. Unknowingly/knowingly you might have downloaded sensitive files
  • Encrypt/ password-protect external USB storage. Leaks happen as employees misplace devices
  • Use company VPN if available
  • Check with your IT before start using collaboration apps/ services