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How to Secure Your HP Device for Hybrid Working

Harry Stewart
Hybrid working is becoming increasingly sought-after among autonomy-seeking staff in the post-pandemic world. While some British companies have begun banning remote work, others adopt a hybrid compromise to attract top talent while preserving in-person collaboration.
However, any remote working arrangement entails additional security risks. From phishing scams to malware attacks and unsecured WiFi, hybrid workers are vulnerable the second they step outside the office.
But there are ways to mitigate the risk. You can safeguard your hybrid device with robust systems and best security practices.
Wondering how to keep your HP work laptop safe? We’ve compiled an in-depth guide outlining how to secure your hybrid device.

HP’s built-in hardware security features

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HP business laptops have various hardware security features to keep employees safe online. From fingerprint readers to facial recognition technology, these robust measures provide a potent line of defence.

Fingerprint readers

By recognising unique biometric data, HP’s fingerprint readers offer a more secure login method. Plus, you won’t have to remember pincodes or passwords for every different device.

HP TamperLock

Physical attacks like Trusted Platform Probing, flash memory replacement, and Direct Memory Access hacks are becoming increasingly common. HP TamperLock senses when someone cracks open a laptop and protects its internal components through configurable protection mechanisms.

Privacy shutters

Unscrupulous hackers can hijack your webcam by infiltrating your device with remote-control malware. Many HP hybrid laptops have privacy shutters, so you never have to worry about being watched. Slide the cover over the camera lens once you’ve wrapped up a conference call.

HP SureView

Working in public leaves your data susceptible to prying eyes. HP eliminates the risk with an integrated privacy screen known as SureView. The in-built technology blocks out 95% of visible light when viewed on the side. Users can toggle the feature on and off with the push of a button.

HP’s built-in security software

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Hardware is only one piece of the puzzle. Without suitable security software, any internet-connected device is at risk. HP pre-loads its top business laptops with a range of security software suites to enhance hybrid work security.

HP Wolf for business

End-point security is everything when you can work from anywhere.
Backed by market-leading end-point protection, HP Wolf Security takes a full-stack approach, from hardware to firmware and the OS to your apps. Micro-virtualisation safeguards your device against malware, phishing and ransomware attacks. Meanwhile, application-level isolation ensures privileged user apps remain secure even with a compromised OS.
More than a standard anti-virus program, HP Wolf uses hardware-enforced, always-on protection for the ultimate hybrid work security solution.

HP Sure Sense

With new malware variants evolving daily, you need a reliable software solution to protect your PC. HP Sure Sense adopts neural network technology and deep learning algorithms to recognise and block even the most recent malware attacks.

HP Sure Recover

Corrupted files and contracted viruses may require reformatting your laptop, a time-consuming task that can lead to significant data loss. HP Sure Recover provides a secure, automated OS recovery process to get you back online ASAP.

HP Sure Click

Malware manages to infect all sorts of seemingly innocent files, from PDF attachments to Microsoft Office documents. HP Sure Click opens untrusted files and websites in a micro-virtual machine to isolate malware from the rest of your PC.

HP Sure Start

A malware-infected BIOS can give a hacker total control of your PC, letting them steal sensitive data and install nasty ransomware. As standard anti-virus programs can’t detect firmware attacks, HP Sure Start uses a self-healing BIOS to identify and rectify unauthorised alterations.

HP Sure Run

Sophisticated malware attacks can disable fundamental defence mechanisms to infiltrate your PC. HP Sure Run will thwart these events by restarting any application that unexpectedly stops running.

Safeguarding data on the road

Airports and coffee shops offer a convenient space to get work done on the road. But whipping out a laptop in public leaves the hybrid worker vulnerable to risk.
One common rookie error is trusting a public WiFi network. Even a mediocre hacker can track your online traffic and infiltrate your PC with keyloggers and other malicious files.
A VPN offers a robust layer of protection by hiding your data from prying eyes. Better yet, use a USB internet dongle or hotspot data from your phone.
Although uncommon, watch for strangers peering over your shoulder as you work. HP SureView helps mitigate the issue by blocking out the screen when viewed from the sides.

Avoiding phishing attacks

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Even the most tech-savvy workers can fall for phishing. With some scams indistinguishable from legitimate emails, an unwitting employee could easily open an infected PDF or Microsoft Office file. Social engineering spurs the most sophisticated phishing scams; always keep your guard up.
Archives like ZIP, RAR, and IMG, as well as mobile phone QR code scams, have also filtered into the phishing hacker’s arsenal.
  • Your first line of defence is to adopt anti-phishing best practices:
  • Treat all inbound communication as a potential threat.
  • Avoid clicking links in emails, text messages, and other communications, even if the source appears trustworthy - load up a website via your search engine instead.
  • Learn to identify the tell-tale signs of a fake website, such as misspelt URLs, missing pages, and poor spelling/grammar - some look like a carbon copy of the real thing.
  • Be sceptical of any communications regarding suspicious login attempts, account or payment issues, personal information updates, or unfamiliar invoices.
A powerful software suite like HP Wolf Security provides additional protection. The program opens risky attachments in micro-virtual machines to mitigate the damage should you open a malicious link.

Regular updates & patches

Out-of-date applications leave your hybrid device vulnerable to harm. Threat actors are constantly developing malicious scripts and discovering dangerous new loopholes. Frequent updates are essential for blocking these evolving threats as they arise.
Perform a regular audit to ensure your operating system, software applications, and anti-virus programs remain up-to-date. Many programs offer automatic updates. Check this feature is turned on.

Best security practices for hybrid work

Like every employee, a hybrid worker should adopt best security practices to keep their data and devices safe.
  • Rotate your passwords: Your passwords may have already been compromised. Switching them up is an effective way to keep bad actors at bay.
  • Don’t click pop-ups: Many contain malware as part of a phishing attack. Use an ad-blocker to eliminate most pop-ups and close any that do arise.
  • Safeguard your data: Only hand over personal information to websites you trust. Always load a webpage on your browser (rather than an email/SMS link) before entering personal information.
  • Avoid unsecure websites: Look for a padlock icon and an https prefix (the “s” stands for secure). Unsecured websites pose a significant threat.
  • Use a VPN: A VPN is crucial for keeping your data private on a public WiFi network.
  • Install a Firewall: A correctly configured firewall acts as a shield between a hacker and your data.
  • Use two-factor authentication (2FA): 2FA protects against identity theft and social engineering. Adopt the practice wherever practical.
  • Install HP Wolf: With hardware-enforced, always-on protection, HP Wolf Security offers robust end-point defence to safeguard against various threats.
  • Invest in a secure business laptop: Custom designed for hybrid workers on the move, an HP business laptop offers a multitude of high-tech security features.


The hybrid worker is susceptible to a plethora of threats, from unsecured networks to phishing scams and online viruses. You can mitigate the danger by adhering to best practices and investing in secure systems.
An HP business laptop features a slew of protective measures, including privacy screens and biometric readers. Plus, with an HP Wolf Security subscription, hybrid workers enjoy always-on end-point protection to keep them safe in any work setting.

About the Author

Harry Stewart is a freelance content writer covering everything from travel to tech.

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