We are living in a strange moment in human history when we are all isolated but united at the same time. The COVID-19 pandemic dictates different habits and practices for staying safe and giving our healthcare systems a chance to deal with confirmed cases. As responsible citizens and those who have such an opportunity, we are communicating and working on everyday tasks online.
Although it seems that you are safe during this moment or we are learning about safety, for instance, cyber criminals use the moment of distress in their favor. The news about the virus surrounds you, and hackers exploit it for compromising your data security. Let’s see some advice on how to stay safe, not only offline but online.
Am I Safe?
We are all potential targets of hackers and malware, who doesn’t care what time or season it is. We would even argue that such times are convenient for hackers.
We are all shaken and confused by the situation that the whole world experiences. We want to find answers, we want comfort, and we want to have something that will help us to endure this amount of stress. At the moment, we are regularly updated on the situation, and we also suffer from this amount of information.
We highly recommend you to check your antivirus solution or get one to reduce the risks of being targeted as a victim of phishing or ransomware. The antivirus solution is yet another step that makes your working environment not only safer, but it gives you a possibility to block specific content or improve your online experience.
What can I do to avoid hacker attacks during the times of major events?
- Hackers take advantage of people by spreading malicious links on trusted websites. They exploit our curiosity and desire to be updated. Therefore, keep in mind that the best way to have relevant updates on the situation is the websites of the World Health Organization (WHO) or the U S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).
- Use antivirus protection that will detect fake websites and malicious links in your emails. Update your software to the latest version.
- Don’t believe any requests that might come to your inbox or on social media. Don’t open any links that are suggested even by your friends if they appear suspicious. Remember not to panic, but be cautious.
- Don’t click on ads or banners that promise you information about the COVID-19.
If you are working remotely, be sure to follow the next steps:
- Ensure that your network uses strong passwords, and it is protected when you are working remotely.
- Be sure to use 2FA authentication both during the remote working period and after. This aspect will increase your data security.
- Your employer should be able to provide you and your colleagues with robust endpoint security on all devices.
- Remember to connect to a VPN to help protect corporate data wherever you join your virtual working station.
- Ask your employer about back up data saved on local devices while you are working from home.
- Ask your employer to provide you and your colleagues with collaboration tools that will ease your time.
- Be sure that your antivirus is always running in the background and reduces any risks of getting infected.
- Double-check all requests and invoices from third parties while working remotely.
There is nothing too hard to increase your online safety during the quarantine period. The rules are easy and simple: trust your antivirus, VPN, and firewall, but never trust fake news and unknown wellwishers with their emails.
Stay strong and protected; don’t give hackers even a small chance to ruin your day.