With many forms of employment, people are often given the opportunity to work from home. Especially given the recent news regarding the current coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.
A lot of companies have started encouraging their employees to work from home, including here in our FixMeStick office where we have officially entered “Working From Home Mode“. Keep reading for some of our tips on how to continue being secure online while working from home.
While working from home can seem like both a gift and a curse, it’s important to know how exactly you can increase your cybersecurity – we know that you already have enough viruses to worry about!
We’re here to provide you with some safety tips to help make sure that you’re protecting yourself from the threats of the world, both biological and cyber.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your online security for the sake of your personal health – here are some ways to cover all your cybersecurity needs while working remotely (or during a quarantine).
1. Make sure your personal and work accounts are secure.
There’s nothing worse than having your personal accounts hacked into, other than having your work account hacked into. It’s always recommended to create strong and complex passwords for your accounts, and using two-factor authentication is a great way to ensure that you’re the only one who can gain access.
If you’re trying to maximize your password ease-of-use, we recommend using Google Sync to store your bookmarks, passwords, extensions, and other data across browsers.
2. Secure internet means a secure computer.
While at this point it’s been advised to avoid frequenting common spaces due to public health concerns, we recommend doubling down and making sure you don’t work in them either. You end up running a lot of risks using public Wifi for work, as hackers can easily target your computer if they’re on the same network.
However, we also advise exercising the same caution at home! We recommend using a VPN to encrypt your data while at home, ensuring that your communication is encrypted so your company’s data remains private.
3. Protect yourself from viruses anyway you can.
Unfortunately, washing your hands every now and then can’t protect you from all the viruses found on the internet. To make sure you’re doing all you can to secure your computer, we recommend running some antivirus protection to cover all your bases.
Even if you’re being extra cautious, viruses always seem to find a way in. McAfee is one of the best antiviruses out there, and if you have that while running your FixMeStick monthly, you’ll have all your bases covered.
4. Make sure you’re using a secure computer.
Making sure the computer itself is safe is very important. If you’re not sure, why not try the StartMeStick? The StartMeStick can turn any computer into a fast, secure, and private one. You can do your work efficiently and be confident you’re secure and private.
5. Common Coronavirus Scams to Watchout For
We know that tensions are high at the moment, which provides cybercriminals with a great opportunity for taking advantage of people. Over the past few months, people have been receiving emails from the “World Health Organization”, prompting individuals to enter personal information, such as their emails and passwords.
Some scam campaigns are attaching viruses in the emails they send out. These viruses hide themselves in the attachments of seemingly legitimate emails – though these emails are far from legit, and only serve to infect your computer and potentially steal your information.
A word of advice – just don’t open these emails and never click on the links or attachments they provide. The emails themselves aren’t the main problem, but rather what they lead to. Scammers are always looking to exploit anything they can get their hands on, so always exercise caution if you’ve received something out of the blue. Remember, big organizations are not going to reach out to you personally.
Like with all news and information on the internet today, it’s important to fact-check what you read. Just because it’s published online doesn’t mean that it’s a true fact.
Scammers, and sometimes well-meaning people like your Facebook friends may be sharing information that hasn’t been verified. Before you pass on these messages, try doing your own fact-checking or contact trusted sources like government websites. In the U.S., you can see what the U.S. government is doing on their official website.
Fake Charities or Products
If you are looking for ways to help others during this crisis, keep in mind that scammers are also taking advantage of your generosity. Fake charities might be set up with names that sound like real charities like the Red Cross.
Additionally, bogus product claims are being sold online claiming to cure or prevent Coronavirus. The FTC has been working to take down or force these companies to change their online listings. Make sure to second-guess the product before you place an order online.
With all that being said and done, being prepared is the best way to negate any sort of suspicious activity that may be happening on your computer. While working from home and self quarantines can seem like a vacation for those that prefer the tranquility, it definitely comes with its own risks!
Here at FixMeStick, our team will be working remotely for the coming weeks but we’re eager and ready to help you! What sort of preparation are you taking to protect yourself?