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Cyber Safety: Best Practices Working from Home
Many companies have started to have their staff working from home where possible. This is now creating a better chance for cyber criminals to gain access to information than ever before. On top of that they are taking advantage of people’s fear.
This is a quick list of extra steps you can take to make working from home safer.
1. Connect to a secured network
- A wired connection is best.
- A wireless connection to a password protected SSID.
- Do NOT use public WiFi.
2. Connect to a VPN
- Creates a secure connection which data is passed through.
- DO NOT forward extra ports to your work PC or set it as a DMZ device on the router.
- Even on a VPN your PC is still only part of your home network.
3. Be careful of at home setup pictures
- No confidential information showing on your screen(s).
- No confidential information showing on papers or anything else at the workspace.
4. Be suspicious of COVID-19 emails
- Emails have been going around offering links to websites for data or supply purchases.
- Emails are trying to get people to go to websites to help malware spread.
- Emails are also trying to sell supplies just to gain payment and personal information.
- Some emails are spoofed very well and can make you think the source is authentic.
5. Be wary of COVID-19 websites
- Stick with websites you know and trust for COVID-19 information.
- Fake COVID-19 websites have been made which just want to infect users with malware.
6. Be wary of unknown apps and/or software programs
- Stick with the pre-loaded apps & software programs on your computer.
- Do not download Apps/programs/screen-savers etc. from unknown sources.