With our sudden, unplanned rush to all work from home due to the coronavirus outbreak, there comes a warning this week from the President of the European Commission that the EU has seen an increase in cyber crime due to the global pandemic. Here at Resolution IT, we are starting to see the first signs of cyber criminals looking to exploit the coronavirus situation, with people being sent links to files, allegedly relating to the coronavirus, asking them to open the files.W
As always, our advice remains the same, do not open any attachments you were not expecting to receive. Do not click on any links to anything you were not expecting to be sent.
So, what else can you do to make sure that you are cyber secure as you work from home?
Firewalls are absolutely essential for preventing malicious traffic from gaining access to both your network and your device. Check both your software firewall and ISP supplied router have their firewall switched on.
Make sure you have anti-virus software installed and that it is being automatically updated. If you don’t have any anti-virus software and want to download and install some yourself, make sure it is licensed.
We can’t stress enough how having the extra layer of Two Factor Authentication (2FA) will help against unauthorized breaches of your account. Regardless of whether you are using 2FA, all devices you are using should be password protected and should meet your company’s password strength policy, as well as being changed regularly.
Criminals will be using the current virus to lure you into clicking those links. Always hover over the links before clicking and check the sender before opening.
Do you know who to contact if something happens and what procedures should take place?
Have you checked what your company’s IT policies are and are you following them?