While businesses are doing their best to adapt to COVID-19, scammers are looking for opportunities to exploit the current climate. As we previously shared, the global COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a surge of phishing attempts on unsuspecting individuals. One such attack used the logo of the CDC Health Alert Network claiming to provide a list of local active infections, before stealing confidential information from the unprepared victims.
It's important we remain vigilant at this time and our Head of IT Security,@DavidWillett has put together the below quick checklists to ensure you're browsing safely while working and at your leisure.
How to keep safe while working online:
Ensure the device you are using has security software installed (either work supplied or your own) to protect you from ransomware, malware, and other threats
Use a VPN (either company-provided or your own) when connecting to your work network to keep your data safe
Only use WiFi you trust to reduce the risk of being hacked
Make sure you have a backup solution in place such as a USB or the cloud in case something goes wrong
Watch out for scams and fake news around COVID-19. Only trust reputable sources
How to keep the family safe online:
Keep your operating system and applications (software updates) up to date to protect yourself from being hacked
Make sure all the devices in your home (phones, tablets, PCs) have security software installed to keep you safe from online threats and risks
Schedule screen time for kids and their device. You can do this by drawing up a timetable or using parental controls features of your security software
Set ground rules by having a conversation on what they can do online