How to Safely & Securely Work from Home Amidst the Coronavirus

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.

NordVPN is a trusted VPN, and has many uses, even for personal use. Plus you get a discount because you’re a FixMeStick customer. Learn more here.

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.

Email Scams

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.

Misinformation

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.

Conclusion

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?

28 comments

  1. Marcel Van loo - Reply

    I ran the FixMeStick this weekend and no viruses but my computer seems to be running slow why is this Thank You

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Marcel, many factors can cause a slow computer. The FixMeStick is a virus removal device, and if there are viruses on your computer that are causing a slower speed, running a FixMeStick scan can definitely speed it up.

      In your case, the slowness is likely caused by an issue unrelated to viruses. Contributing factors could be how long ago the computer was purchased, the number of programs and files you have on your computer, and your computer’s memory. Try our tips here to see if you can speed it up.

    • Robert Hardy - Reply

      In early Feb. I bought the Gc Me Stick. When it arrived , I followed the instructions, selected English andnothing happened. after many attempts with the same results, Called your support line and talked with a rep who tried to walk me through the install burg with no success. Threes later, last Thursday, my American Express bill showed a $29.95 charge for technical report.
      I called your company, was put on hold to music for 16 minutes. I then called American Express, and after telling the what happened, they Deducted the $29.95 and opened up a fraud case.
      The only accurate thing I have found out about Fix Ne Stick, is the last word, “Stick”;
      Which what happened to me through your scam…

      • Linda - Reply

        Hi Robert, please note that when you click on English, that will simply bring up the instructions in English. It will not start the FixMeStick. Instead, you’ll have to click on FixMeStick.exe or the actual FixMeStick application on the bottom of the language list to start the program.

        I checked your email communications with us and this is what our agent was trying to inform you in your email ticket. We sometimes have long wait times on our phone lines, this is why we prefer that you read our email instructions first before insisting that we speak to you over the phone. Regardless, I’m sorry to see that you did not have a good experience trying to reach our support. I can assure you that we have responded to your credit card dispute with American Express and we would still be able to provide you with a full refund after the dispute case closes if you’re not interested in troubleshooting this issue anymore.

  2. Christine Noewerrh - Reply

    I had a FixMeStick for my computer. Now I use an I-pad. Do you have a security device for my Apple notepad?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Christine, neither of our products can be used on the iPad. However, we do recommend using NordVPN (our partner product) to add a layer of privacy as it works on smartphones, tablets, and computers!

  3. Anonymous - Reply

    I had my credit card information compromised before I got a fix me stick. I bought something on line that I in retrospect shouldn’t have. Will the stick remove that cookie/virus?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi there, yes! FixMeStick will remove any hidden viruses on your computer that might be malicious to your system.

  4. Robert O'Connell - Reply

    i have “Restoro” and “Reimage Repair” promising to clean up my computer on a daily basis. Is this you guys or do I have a virus trying to get into my system?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Robert, we do not make Restoro or Reimage Repair. It sounds like you might have a virus or popup. Try running FixMeStick first, if they are still there after your scan, simply let us know and we’ll look into it for you!

  5. Hugh - Reply

    I already have Malwarebytes. Can I use a VPN as well or will they just confuse the issue?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Hugh, Malwarebytes is not a VPN, so you should be able to run both of them at the same time!

  6. Molly - Reply

    Hello Linda,
    I have a product called VIPRE for my doing my virus scans.
    Can I still use Fix Me Stick?

    Thank you.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Molly, FixMeStick should be compatible with Vipre. If you run into any problems running them together, simply let us know and we can look into it!

  7. John Alexander - Reply

    I have three computers, two PC’s and one Mac. I got it to work on my PC’s but it won’t install on my Mac. The Mac is a brand new MacBook Air, what am I doing wrong?

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi John, we sent you some troubleshooting instructions by email. Please check your email, thanks!

  8. kilvy - Reply

    Linda… I thank you so much for the excellent info you give out. It’s like having one’s own personal newspaper just for the tings that matter most about online and internet safety. I’m not that “savvy a person” about too many matters of these sorts and having info like this at hand is certainly a blessing!

    • Linda - Reply

      Thanks for reading our blog, Kilvy! We’re glad to see that they keep you informed.

  9. Joel Krieger - Reply

    Hi Linda,

    A few months ago while using FixMeStick on the bottom of your informational scroll there was a ad for System Mechanic for a free demo, I clicked on it and now I can’t get rid of it, please advise.

    Thank you,
    Joel

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Joel, we sent you some questions by email so we can investigate this further. Please check your email, thanks!

  10. Carrol RED ALLEN - Reply

    I ordered a fix me stick some 2 months ago and still have not recieved it –please where is it at Carrol RED ALLEN

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Carrol, you didn’t leave your email or order information and I don’t see any orders placed under your first and last name. It’s possible the order was never successfully placed. Please leave us your email and other relevant information like your receipt number (which should have been sent to your email if the order was successfully placed) in this link here and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours!

  11. Sam cobb - Reply

    Fix me stick can’t even fix a broken computer, neither does viper, no it want protect from a virus I am still looking for a refund that you don’t want to honor when I bought this fix me stick

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Sam, I checked your account and it looks like we already refunded you. If you didn’t receive the refund, please send us your billing address at this link here and we’ll take a second look. Also, do note that refunds can take between 2-3 business days to process, so also make sure to contact your bank to see if the refund of $9.95 has been processed.

  12. Thomas P. Sherlock - Reply

    I have already sent an E Mail, but have not yet received an answer. I have tried for 3 days to get the Fix Me Stick to work and have been unable. So
    1) I need help to get this thing to work.
    2) I DO NOT WANT AUTO RENEWAL. I will do it when I am ready.

    • Linda - Reply

      Hi Thomas, we’ve removed you from the automatic renewal program and sent you some troubleshooting instructions to your email. Please check your email, thanks!

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