As the 17th annual Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) continues, it’s time to look at the impact of COVID-19 on the way we work. Since the start of the pandemic, cybersecurity teams around the world have seen a drastic increase in attacks on both corporate and private computer systems. More employees than ever are working from home using a combination of corporate and personal devices. Companies are taking a variety of steps to protect their assets, and it’s just as important that you take a few steps to protect your home network and the personal computing devices you use to work from home from the bad guys that want to exploit them.
- Install the latest software updates and security patches from your device’s manufacturer. In many cases, you can simply turn on automatic updates and let the system handle the rest.
- Setup and use multi-factor authentication, sometimes called two-factor authentication, when it’s offered by your financial institutions, email provider, or any other organization you interact with online. With multi-factor authentication, you’ll have to enter a code sent via text message to your phone or respond to a push notification from an app when attempting to login, ensuring that you are in fact the one trying to access your account.
- Ensure that your home router password is not easily guessed and does not include your address or personal names. The Federal Trade Commission has more tips for securing your wireless home network at https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0013-securing-your-wireless-network.
- Limit the amount of personal data you share on social media. The less the bad guys know about you, the less info they have to manipulate you into doing what they want.
- As always, remember to stop and think before you click a link, or provide confidential data over the phone. Malicious actors are constantly developing new strategies and building websites designed to manipulate people into clicking on malicious links or giving up personal information.
For more information about ways to keep you and your family safe online visit https://www.cybersafenv.org. Stay #CyberSafeNV!