• A report by Fasthosts has revealed that home working leaves UK businesses vulnerable to fraud and cyber attacks
  • 74% of those in UK business and consultancy have received data security training, despite topping the list as most likely to allow data breach while remote working
  • The Industry is most likely to leave private company documents lying for all to see

The pandemic has seen millions across the world set up camp and work from the comfort of their home. But, have we been getting a little too comfortable?

A new study by Fasthosts has been looking into business security, cyber attack threat and vulnerability to scams across UK region and industry as remote working become the new normal. The study reveals, although 74% of employees in the business and consultancy industry have received proper training prior or during the pandemic on protecting sensitive documents while remote working, they are the most likely to leave sensitive and confidential documents lying around for all to see, with 52% claiming to have already done so.

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41% also claim to have already allowed members of the public – outside of the office – have access to sensitive company data through a laptop or other smart device.

Tips for improving cybersecurity when working from home

  1. Step up awareness to phishing scams linked to COVID-19

Attackers are exploiting anxiety around the pandemic, especially with phishing scams claiming to be related to COVID-19. You should be suspicious of emails asking you to renew any personal details, claiming to contain unexpected test results, or to open any files.

  1. Use a VPN

The Fasthost study has shown that over half of Brits do not use a VPN (virtual private network) when working from home. A VPN is very important for improving online privacy and keeps it hidden from any cybercriminals

  1. Back up your data

Data can be lost in numerous ways. To prevent data loss, be sure to back-up your device routinely – usually during out of office hours. Have a backup power system in case of a local power cut and avoid, where possible, using small items such as USB sticks to store data which can be easily misplaced.

  1. Update Virus Protection Software 

Company smart devices will usually have up-to-date virus protection software, but these need to be updated every so often, especially if you’re out of the office. Having out-of-date virus protection can pose a risk to data security and computer health.

  1. Lock your device when you are not using it 

If you work in spaces which are shared with people that you don’t work with – whether that is public transport, a café, a shared home, or a library – you should be careful with your device and data. When in a situation like this, be sure to lock your device any time you’re not using it.


Michelle Stark, Sales and Marketing Director at Fasthosts comments:

“It’s sad to see the risks of cybercrime so prevalent whilst many Britons are working from home. Keeping you and the business safe online is critical to keep confidential data secure. We urge all consumers to read our top tips, be more mindful and seek the correct training whilst working from home”