Managing Your Documents: Working From Home
A few simple techniques make it possible to work securely and productively from home.
Store your work documents on the SAS file servers. Then use secure remote access methods to connect from home.
Log in to shared computers with a separate account
If you work on a computer that's shared with other members of your household, you should log in with an ID and password that is only available to you. This will help you keep your bookmarks, browsing history, address book and other locally stored information private.
Be careful about handling sensitive information
You may find that sometimes you will handle documents with sensitive information. This can happen if you open an email attachment or even when accessing documents through the remote.sas system.
Use a strong password
Set a password of at least 8 characters, and include special characters (e.g. $, %, &, etc.). See SAS Computing's guidelines for Selecting a Good Password.
Enable a password-protected screen saver
Have the screen saver engage after short periods of inactivity. 10 minutes is a good rule of thumb.
Back-up personal documents to an external disk or public "cloud" service.
It's not appropriate to store or back-up your personal documents to the SAS file servers. High-capacity USB hard drives are available at low cost; many include software for performing automatic backups. There are also many convenient services for storing document onlines. Some of these services are free, while some charge fees.
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Working from home typically involves: