Security While Working Remotely

Whether you’re studying, teaching, or doing other work, your home environment still needs to be secure.

New Ways to Connect

Working and studying from home – or from anywhere – can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately, it also increases cybersecurity risks.

Attacks targeting home workers rose five-fold over six weeks starting in March 2020.

Aware Everywhere

Whether you’re at home, in a residence hall, at a coffee shop, or outside, security still matters. Some tips for working and learning safely anywhere:

  • Know which networks you’re using to connect, and how to choose a safe one. Learn how to manage your home network and its security settings.
  • Maintain awareness. Know the signs of a phishing email or text message. Be aware of who’s around you. “Shoulder surfers” can capture your passwords and more.
  • Run regular virus and malware scans on your computer. Keep your operating system up to date.
  • Keep your work and school devices out of other people’s hands – even people you trust can accidentally cause harm.

Knowledge Check!

The best choice of security protocol for your home wi-fi router is:


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No wi-fi security protocol is unbreakable, but WPA-2 is the best generally available one.


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No wi-fi security protocol is unbreakable, but WPA-2 is the best generally available one.


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Security While Working Remotely

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Get Cybersecurity Help from Northeastern Experts

Enhance your discoveries and collaborations.

Submit any question, concern, or comment to the Information Security team for assistance with safeguarding your Northeastern experience.

For urgent matters, contact the IT Service Desk via live chatat 617.373.HELP[x4357], or

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