Tips to work safely from home
Since the announcement of government measures regarding the corona crisis, many people are currently working from home. For some a luxury, for others a crime. A blessing for one employee, for the other employee this requires considerable adaptability. Hence this article in which we give you tips for safe and healthy working from home.
Perhaps you have worked from home more often in recent years and have set up a nice workplace at home. But maybe you are working at home for the first time and you are still looking for the right setup and working method.
In this article you will find tips on safe and healthy working from home.
Be careful with video calling. Some video conferencing software is not completely safe and can be hacked. In addition, you are prohibited by law from using some software in connection with privacy laws.
Software programs such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams have security in order and work easily. If you still want to make video calls with someone via FaceTime, for example, refer to (patient) numbers instead of names when discussing confidential information. Never share payment information or other confidential information through such software.
Ensure a stable internet connection. Preferably via an Ethernet cable. An Ethernet cable ensures the most stable connection. If you do not want to use a cable or if this is not possible (for example because you have a laptop / macbook that does not support it) then choose to sit in the room as close to the router as possible. Here the signal is strongest.
If this is not possible or you prefer to be on the first floor or in the attic, consider a WiFi repeater or powerline adapter. With a WiFi repeater, the signal is extended (not amplified!) And you have a bit more range above. With a powerline adapter, the signal is transferred from the router to the room where you are sitting via the power network in your house. Here you can find more information about powerline adapters and here about wifi repeaters
Use 2 step verification:
The use of 2-step verification is very important. Logging in with two-factor authentication (2FA) is a lot more secure and reduces the chance of you being hacked. The Consumers’ Association has written a handy article explaining how to set this up on your laptop or smartphone.
Update your system:
It is important to get the recommended updates to your computer or smartphone. By installing these updates, the software on your computer or smartphone is better protected against hacking and viruses. Often you can search for the latest updates yourself, but if you work with Windows 10, for example, it will (almost) automatically install the latest updates when you turn off the computer.
Watch out for pishing mails:
Unfortunately, it still happens that money is withdrawn from innocent people through pishing e-mails. The hackers are getting more and more boring, but fortunately the general awareness among people is also getting better.
But still, pay attention! Never answer emails that you do not know or trust the sender. Are you unsure whether someone sent the email? Then call them to verify.
Use a VPN:
Using a VPN makes you more anonymous online. Your internet traffic is encrypted, Google doesn’t know where you are, you can’t be hacked, and you can’t be tracked by governments. All kinds of legitimate reasons to start using a VPN. And it is very easy to purchase and use a reliable VPN. There are plenty of providers that offer VPNs at an affordable price.
In addition to keeping online safety in order, it is also important to have the space where you work and your attitude in order.
We have distilled these tips from an article by Arbo Online. Here is discussed in detail what you should pay attention to when setting up your home workplace.
Variety in work & attitude:
It is important to alternate between standing and sitting during your work. Do you have to call? Try to do this standing or walking. Would you like to read something? Do this, for example, in a different place than at your desk. Make sure you drink enough water and take regular breaks.
It is strongly recommended to take a walk during lunch, or if you are very active for a run.
Separate room / office:
If you have the opportunity to work in a separate room, it is strongly recommended. This way you have an enclosed space where you are working. Make arrangements with your partner, children or housemates if necessary: when you are working there you should not be disturbed.
Do you not have a separate room or office at your disposal? Then make a permanent place in the living room or dining room. If you work at the kitchen table that you will also eat at a later time, clean up all your work stuff. Make the workspace