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Staying Cybersecure When Working Remotely


As workers and clients around the world adopt remote work arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak, they are more susceptible to fraudulent emails. Hackers are exploiting the situation to specifically target these remote employees. Take care when clicking any unfamiliar message. Many businesses are experiencing an increase in fraudulent work emails and calls disguised as urgent or official.

Due to the heightened security situation, please follow these precautionary steps to be alert and aware of malicious attempts:

  • If you are using a personal computer or mobile device, do not use an unfamiliar or public WiFi networks.
  • Always lock your device regardless of where you are, especially in public areas. Best practice is to take your devices with you, if you are stepping away for an extended period of time.
  • You may receive solicitations for new work tools for remote workers. Do not download any new tools that are unknown to you.
  • Be cognizant of voicemail phishing (vishing) attacks. Pay attention to unknown links or attachments disguised as voicemails.
  • Remain conscientious when using instant messaging, social media, mobile devices, and personal emails.
  • Beware of fake texts as hackers will attempt to engage with you through your mobile devices. There’s an increase in fake texts being sent through known contacts. Stay vigilant to recognize changes in text style or links to request a different method of communication.
  • When using your computer or device:
    • Be conscientious of what you plug into your personal computer. Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even smartphones.
    • Ensure the latest OS and application patches are fully applied.
    • Use multi-factor authentication wherever possible for your devices and applications.
    • Ensure your computer has anti-malware.
    • Only install applications from trusted source, generally directly from a vendor.
    • Shut down your computer at the end of your usage.

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