Protect yourself from cybercrime while working remotely

Protect yourself from cybercrime

If you are one of the millions of people lucky enough to work remotely during the coronavirus pandemic impacting workers globally, scammers and hackers have jumped on the opportunity to leverage our need for information to access personal computers and information through phishing or other spoofing schemes. It is important to take cybercrime threats seriously and reassess just how secure your information is when you work, shop and communicate digitally.

Be wary and understand the scams that are out there. Roughly 90% of all cybercrime begins with an email, but it’s important to also look out for invoicing scams, charitable donation scams, investment scams, personal scams, small business scams, and COVID-19 related phone scams and phishing attacks. During these high-stress times where the majority of our interactions are from the comfort of our own homes, it’s important for you to be aware of where the risks could come from. Here are a few key tips to increase your cybersecurity:

Incorporate these digital behaviors:

  1. Don’t provide personal or financial information when solicited online or by phone, and never send money without a phone call and verification.
  2. Never enter your credit card information or other sensitive data into a site that does not begin with “https” (as opposed to just http).
  3. Do not auto-save your username and password information for websites.

Utilize these technology solutions:

  1. Keep computer software up to date, including firmware on routers and modems.
  2. Install antivirus/malware software like Norton, McAfee, or Total AV on all devices (even Apple computers and mobile devices).
  3. Ensure home Wi-Fi networks are secure— use WPA2 or WPA3 security and a unique password (call your internet provider if you’re not sure what you have).

For the full list of behaviors to incorporate and technological solutions to implement, check out our cybersecurity guide.

Interested in more cybersecurity tips? Check out our other blog posts on the topic.

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