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Wi-Fi, remote working and cloud storage

You can take steps to protect your business when working on the internet and using Wi-Fi connections.

Wi-Fi connections

You should make sure your Wi-Fi connection is password protected. And change this password regularly.


Do not send or receive private, sensitive or confidential information on public Wi-Fi connections.

Find information on office and home Wi-Fi networks on the Get Safe Online website.

You can also find information on public wireless networks and hotspots on the Get Safe Online website.

Remote working

'Remote working' is when staff use the internet to access office systems from a remote computer, for example at home. Home users should change the default name and password on their router.

If your business has staff who work remotely, you might need to set up a secure network called a Virtual Private Network (or VPN).

This will allow your staff to work within a secure channel on the internet.

You find more advice about remote working on the Get Safe Online website.

Cloud storage

'Cloud storage' is a way of storing data on remote servers. The data is then accessed using the internet.

Cloud storage systems will often use a type of password called an 'encryption key'.

You should keep a record of who has access to encryption keys. And when these employees leave the business, you should change the keys.

You can find more advice on cloud storage on the Get Safe Online website.

You can find guidance on how to configure, deploy and use cloud services securely on the NCSC website.

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