When more people started working from home because of the pandemic, many businesses sent them home with equipment, devices and an expectation they would maintain security in their dens and kitchens.

Some of these workers (maybe you?) may have relaxed their office behaviors and found their own ways to work remotely – such as installing new apps and programs. This could cause problems as we begin to return to office life.

As you transition back to the office, or any time you are combining office and remote work, remember these three areas to help keep your personal and business data safe:

Stay Out of the Shadows: “Shadow IT” refers to employees installing software and applications not approved by their company’s IT department. Many people found unapproved programs and cloud services to maintain or boost productivity from home. But these options can install malware, exploit unpatched vulnerabilities or lead to other risks. It’s important to flag these items to your company’s IT department so they can help limit the risks and help you find approved alternatives.

Lock it Up: When you’re working on your laptop at home, it usually means you’re the only one who can see what you’re working on or what’s in your files. As you’re transitioning back into the office, it’s time to regain the muscle memory of locking your screen and logging out each time you leave your computer unattended.

Understand Scammers Are Also Back at Work: The pandemic kept scammers at home, too. The volume of suspicious robocalls on our network was down 40% from March to April. But now, as global recovery continues, this activity will resume as well. Whether you’re at work, home or mobile, remember to be vigilant about calls from numbers you don’t recognize. We have tips and tools to help protect you here.

The next few months will require a lot of adjustment and flexibility for all, and it will introduce new issues. Make sure you do your part to ensure cyber security isn’t one of them.

Also, remember all the items you need. If you brought equipment or devices home from the office, remember to take them back. This may not be a security tip – but it’s certainly a friendly reminder to help you return to your workplace.