Four ways to prevent cybersecurity missteps

April 30, 2020
Working from home presents an array of cybersecurity challenges. These 4 tips will help keep you safe.

 

As working from home has become the new normal to many people around the globe, it’s important to help raise awareness regarding cybersecurity, meaning the protection of everyone’s privacy to avoid unwanted and unpleasant situations. 

Here’s some information and tips everyone may use to maintain high levels of cybersecurity:

  1. Personal devices: the personal devices - such as your computer - you are sharing your network with may not have optimum levels of security controls and settings compared to your work computer, often making them more prone to malware. Tip: Keep your software updated, such as antivirus, firewall protection and automatic updates. Also, in case of suspicious activities, immediately change the password of the service that might be at risk.

  2. Shopping online: when doing online shopping, especially if you're using a new online store, be aware of your privacy and security. Tip: shop at well known online stores, and always check the complete URL of the website you're accessing before engaging in eCommerce. Keep an eye open for fake online stores asking for donations for COVID-19 relief. Asking for Personal Information is always a red flag. To detect signs of fraud we recommend being suspicious of messages with a sense of false urgency or an unusual tone. 

  3. Meetings: Video conferencing has become a vital tool to our work. But, it is also the main target for hackers who anonymously join public and unprotected calls to steal information and/or hijack meetings. Tips: use the most secure app you can by making sure it's a password-protected service. 

  4. Web Browsing: Some scammers have created registered websites related to the Coronavirus pandemic to distribute malware. Please, keep an eye out for fake online stores asking for donations to support COVID-19 relief. Tip: Make sure to always use HTTPS websites as they protect the privacy and security of users. Also, pay extra attention to website URLs as malicious websites often look identical to a legitimate site, but with a slight variation in the URL’s spelling or a different domain. 

Finally, be conscious of the content you access and share. Remember that having a safe environment can only happen if we all do our part. 
 

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