Did you know the computers get viruses too?
Whilst we face a forever shifting global health situation, many businesses have either been forced to or have opted to make their employees work from home. However, this has led to an increase in cyber attacks and breaches of security. A recent survey conducted by cybersecurity firm SentryBay revealed that almost half of the employees in the UK working from home during this pandemic, have been victims. Accessing a business network remotely from an insecure device is the easiest way in which to steal sensitive data.
Three common entry points of attack:
1. Phishing scams
These land in your mailbox under the guise of some form of digital marketing, or famous branding, Paypal or Google are prime examples. They generally contain an embedded link to a fake website where your personal data is then stolen.
2. Using a personal device
It’s tempting to use your own computer or another device when working from home. However, unless your devices have security measures and backup mechanisms in place, you’re putting yourself and your employer at risk of hacking.
3. Insecure WiFi networks
If you’re on a WiFi connection that’s not securely encrypted, all your personal and work data, including login details can be intercepted.
Top tips for beating cybercrime at home:
- Do not use your personal computer for your office work, and if you must, make sure that it has the right malware protection installed.
- Make sure you lock all your devices.
- Never leave your devices unattended outside of your home.
- Always use strong passwords and change them frequently, and never, ever share passwords.
- Avoid unsecured WiFi networks.
- Use Antivirus software and firewalls.
- Be aware of phishing emails.
- Use a VPN when accessing your company’s systems.
- Share cybercrime best practice with your colleagues.
Endpoints are very vulnerable
Cyber attackers will try to gain access to corporate networks, through existing vulnerable endpoints. Therefore your mobile phone, home computer, laptop or tablet are at risk. If you own one or more of these, it is extremely important that you do not put yourself at risk of a cyber attack.
We’re a creative digital agency that specialises in all things digital, design and branding. We take cyber threats very seriously and champion the use of cybercrime best practice. If you need any advice, please contact us, we’d love to hear from you.