As we all adopt to our current reality with COVID19, many of us are under some form of "lock down" and are required to work from home.
Many companies have protocols in place regarding how their employees connect to company systems using company equipment (laptops, tablets, smart phones etc) but many do not and even the larger companies are having to deal with the sheer scale of the problem on an ad hoc basis.
This represents the potential for some very serious consequences to data security, both corporate and personal.
Our understandable thirst for up to date news on COVID19 is leading us to search for information in places and on websites we normally wouldn't use and fraudsters are taking advantage of this time of infrastructural and emotional vulnerability.
Phishing is particularly heightened at this time, hence us sharing our infographic again to remind us of the dangers.
Let's take look at some common issues:
HTTPS Websites are safe right? - No. Just because a site has the little padlock symbol doesn't mean its safe. Whilst the site itself is "secure" in terms of encryption, the CONTENT may not be! Therefore clicking on links within a site can expose us to malware, info phishing attempts and more.
Secure Wifi Network - If we're working from home, is our network access secure? Is our router password protected to stop others from viewing our data? Do we have a VPN (Virtual Private Network) in place to access our company or business records?
Old Equipment - If we weren't prepared to work from home, we may not have company provided equipment and may be using a laptop with out of date software thus exposing us to attack via malware and other viruses. Update all software to the latest versions.
Video Conferencing - Small businesses and even personally, we might be looking for "cheap" ways to access a video conferencing platform. BEWARE. Cheap can become very expensive if in downloading required software we are allowing a third party to access our files and data. The danger of key logging software being placed in our computers via rogue actors is very real. If it is, our every action on our computer including passwords etc can be accessed in real time by fraudsters.
Benefits Information Websites - With so many people seeking information on getting some form of benefits, the stress on official websites is immense. We sometimes get impatient and seek other sources that will give us immediate answers. Many of these are fraudulent and we should be very careful about parting with personal information ( SSN, Medical Records, Financial details etc) unless we are very sure that we are dealing with a legitimate source.
Medical Information Websites - We all want to know more about the potential dangers we face, safety tips etc etc. Unfortunately there are many fake websites that are looking to gain our information and do us harm either through malware placement or accessing personal information. Use official sources only and be careful that you have the correct web addresses. There are many official sounding fakes.
When in Doubt DON'T CLICK - This needs to be our motto! Whether it's an email, offer of a service, an attachment from what looks like a trusted source etc etc if you're not sure don't open it. Be careful about checking email addresses from senders and unusual requests from friends/co-workers. Phishing is always on the rise during times of dislocation and we need to be extra vigilant.
As always, here at ID Resolution we stand ready to assist you and to answer any questions you may have.
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