It seems that in Australia we have not only flattened the Covid-19 curve, we’ve smashed it, which means restrictions are starting to ease and school kids are starting to return to the classroom. A lot of businesses are also starting to transition their staff back to the office and away from their homes. For most of us, this is a welcome sign as juggling home / work / school can be a challenge.
However, returning to an office that has been mostly vacant for weeks or even months on end can also present some challenges.
Here we list some areas to take note of when preparing to return to the office:
- UPDATES – If you have a computer waiting for you at your office, chances are when you switch it back it is going to require you to run quite a few updates. Be patient with this as they can take some time but are important.
- EMAIL – Again, if your computer has been dormant for some time, it will require time to download all the emails you received while you were away.
- SECURITY UPDATES – As with updates above, it is important that all available software patches and updates are installed. If you clicked ignore on any updates while working from home, you need to ensure these are installed ASAP.
- PASSWORD UPDATES – Were you a little lax on security while working from home? Perhaps allowing a room mate / friend to log into your computer? If so, it is important that you reset your passwords and 2FA for all company computers and software.
- SECURITY RISKS – It is advisable to run a scan on your network to identify any unauthorised devices that staff may have installed / used during their time working from home. Most of the time these devices will be harmless, however on occasion they can prove to be a security risk, so it is safest to ensure they are not installed.
As always, if you need any help or have any questions, don’t hesitate to give the team at QCNS a call.