It is already been observed by the cyber security experts that a steady spike in the number of phishing scams linked to Coronavirus (COVID-19), targeting both consumers and industries. And here is how to stay safe from cyberattacks.
At the current phase of pandemic alert due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the globe, most people are opting to work from home, they are also coming in an intense observation of cyber attackers out to make quick money. In fact, cyber security companies are now warning that hackers might target the large workforces who are compelled to work from home in the time of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This has already been observed by the experts.
Whether you are an individual working from home or are running a business enterprise, here is what you need to do to keep your data safe and secure from hackers lurking around.
What Employers Should Do
Use a VPN
The best way to protect your company from cyber attacks is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN). A VPN is a service that allows you to create a secure and encrypted connection between your device and a private server over the Internet. And most of the operating systems have integrated VPN support these days.
Do not share sensitive passwords
Employers are always encouraged to intimate their employees on the risk factor of sharing passwords with anyone within teams or with interns. This is will certainly minimize the impact of cybercrime in the workspace.
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication basically adds a second level of authentication to an account log-in apart from a password. It is always safe using two-factor authentication (2FA) on using every social media platform, email services, and even web services.
What Employees Should Do
Be aware of phishing emails
Hackers always try to push malware to your device when they attract users to click on a link. This is a common tactic to fetch sensitive information like bank account details, passwords, usernames, etc. But you can spot phishing emails.
How to spot phishing emails:
- 1. Check the sender’s email address and try to verify the domain.
- 2. The email is not addressed to the sender. If the email has the sender’s name, hackers might have your name sourced from unverified data banks.
- 3. Spot grammatical errors.
- 3. Spot red flags before opening the email, like examine the context of the mail.
- 3. Getting mails from the same email address frequently, inform your colleagues or employer.
Use anti-virus software
Always make sure the device you are using for office work has anti-virus software installed and updated. However, cyber security experts warn that anti-virus software is not enough to protect against ransomware. It can be secured by your company IT security software.
To prevent hackers from accessing important information from your desktop/laptop, it is always recommended to have a back-up plan. Store all your files in an external hard disk or rather saving it to the cloud.
Considering the present situation both employers and employees need to take the utmost care to protect them to minimize the risk.
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