Due to COVID-19, some people have chosen or been forced to begin working from home. Hackers are already trying to take advantage of this situation in various ways. To better protect the personal and work-related data you collect, view and share, implement the following precautions.
Ensure that your router password is not the default one and that it is a strong password with an unpredictable mix of letters, numbers and special characters. For instance, a predictable password such as Stickykeys9! could become unpredictable by changing it to 9$ticky!keys.
Update your security and anti-malware software. Hackers can infiltrate outdated software more easily than up-to-date software. Don’t forget to apply security updates and patches to your applications and operating system.
Don’t work on public internet or WiFi. Other people on these networks can see what you’re doing! Stick to your personal internet or networks you know to be secure.
Be cautious of emails received concerning the coronavirus. Hackers can take advantage of current events by infecting computers via phishing emails. Regardless of whether you work from home or you are still working on location, watch out for scams about the Coronavirus. Scammers are sending out emails and text messages about everything from free subscriptions to loan offers in the hopes of infecting devices. They will make any drastic claim they can think of to get you to open their email or text message.
- If you receive a suspicious email or text about the Coronavirus, take time to assess whether you were expecting it and whether it could be fraudulent.
- Don’t click on any links in the email or text and don’t open any attachments.
- Hover over any links to see where they lead.
If you are sharing a space with other people while you work, be sure to lock your screen whenever you move away from it.
When it comes to information about COVID-19, the most complete and accurate information can be found at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.