#Stay Home Stay Safe not only from COVID-19 but from Hackers also.
When everybody is trying to fight coronavirus and staying at home, it’s unfortunate that we have to worry about our online security and privacy.
Even in normal times working from home can leave you open to hackers, and in these strange times, things are getting worse. Dave Waterson, chief executive of SentryBay predicts cyberattacks will rise by 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, security firms have noticed that hackers have become more active. Since January an increase of 15-20% has been seen in overall hacking attacks.
Cybercrooks are using terms like coronavirus or COVID—19 to trick users into letting them install malicious software.
Why are we at greater risk?
Cybercrooks know employees will be using their personal computers for work purposes, connecting to the company’s servers and other resources, and all this is the perfect time for them.
Therefore, to take advantage of this situation they are developing new ways.
On one hand, when millions of people are ordered to stay at home to fight novel coronavirus hackers are seeing it as an opportunity.
Working from home means an increase in the use of a tool like Google Hangouts, Zoom meetings, etc. Thereby giving hackers potential and easy targets. So, the most important thing we all need to do, when it comes to cybersecurity is to ask“WHO – can you trust?”
Coronavirus related exploits like fake John Hopkins virus tracking apps and others are the best example of lengths hackers can go.
Therefore, to stop hackers from stealing your data and adding up more to the problem. Here we will enlist certain tips that will help hackers at bay while you are working from home to fight COVID-19.
Tips to Stay Safe While Working from Home
Keep Software Up-to-date
Since you aren’t at the office your company cannot keep the software up-to-date. You might not realize it, but keeping your software up-to-date helps pause cyber-attacks. We all know software updates are released to fix security flaws; therefore, we should update the software to block hackers from getting into the system.
It’s not just that you need to update the software or application running on your computer or phone you also need to update the operating system, routers, etc.
Of course, sometimes software updates can cause problems but these issues are fixed quickly. So, if you want to wait to ensure that there is no problem in the update you can do so but don’t wait for long.
Use Two Factor Authentications
If hackers manage to intrude on your system, all the information saved on it is at risk. This sounds scary, but you can take steps like two-factor authentication to secure information. To access your account along with entering the password you need to enter the one-time code or hardware token.
This will block hackers from accessing your account as they won’t have the additional key required to open the account. This is one of the most effective ways and you should enable all the services you use. Two-factor authentication is available in Google, other popular services and there are two-factor apps also. So, what are you waiting for? Enable 2FA now and subside attacks.
Be watchful of phishing scams
Like you need to be vigilant about the false information about COVID-19, scams, you should also be wary about the suspicious emails received from unknown sources.
According to Microsoft, 91% of hacking attacks are phishing attacks aka spread via malicious emails. Usually, these emails promise to give important information. In recent times it is about coronavirus COVID-19.
After receiving such emails users in haste to uncover a cure, click on the link or download the attachment. This infects their machine as a malicious payload malware is hidden inside such mails.
Therefore, while working from home, be cautious from such emails. Also, if you receive an email from your boss or HR department asking for account details to transfer funds don’t trust such emails. Most of the time such mails are a hoax!
Boost your computer security
For people using a work computer at home, office antivirus and other security tools are there to protect you. But if you are using your personal computer try using a VPN while accessing servers or confidential information.
VPNs help protect your privacy as they pass the information via an encrypted tunnel.
Encrypt Your Devices
By just updating your operating system you cannot stay secure. To strengthen security, you should encrypt your data and use encrypted devices. You can also use encrypted cloud-based tools to secure your data from being accessed and read.
Weak or Duplicate Passwords
Most of us still use the same passwords for multiple accounts. And this what hackers look for. So, if you are a few of those who have not changed the password for a quite a while, now is the time. You can use a password manager like TweakPass to create a strong password and save all your personal financial data in an encrypted secure vault.
Avoid sharing personal information via message or mail
As a rule, never share your personal information over mail. Most phishing scams are designed to extract such information. Therefore, never trust a call, message, or mail asking for such details.
Verify the source of information
Before circulating, forwarding any news or message check the source. This advice seems obvious still most of us miss out and fall for social engineering attacks.
By keeping these points in mind, we can keep hackers at bay and can work from home peacefully. Hackers will not miss out on taking advantage of any situation. And this complete workplace change has opened a myriad of Cybersecurity risks. Therefore, we need to act smartly and avoid the chances of being attacked.
If you find the information useful share it with others. Also, if you are following any other practices to stay secure while working from home. Share the points with us in the comments section.