Working from home: Is your cyber security up to it?

Working from home: Is your cyber security up to it?

Published at 7:00am 23rd March 2020.

3 minute read

There's advice from Wiltshire Police to keep us safe while we're working through the Covid-19 situation.

Police say that as more of us keep away from the office, they're already seeing an increase in cyber attacks across the country, so we're being asked to be careful.

Here's some of the tips they're asking us to consider:

HOME WORKING

The Government advice at the moment is to work from home, if we can - but that could lead to some employees. 

Police have suggested: 

  • Change default passwords on you home Wi-Fi router to prevent hackers accessing your network
  • Use strong and unique passwords on every account and device - consider using two-factor authentication (2FA) which is a second piece of evidence you provide to prove it's definitely you logging in
  • Software updates contain vital security patches - keep all devices, apps and operating systems up to date
  • If you're working in a more public place use a privacy screen and tether using a 3G/4G connection instead of an untrusted Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Only use software your company would typically use to share files. Refrain from using your personal email or 3rd party services unless reliably informed otherwise

There's more information for WFHers from the National Cyber Security Centre website.

Working from home
Be aware of what to look out for online while you're working from home

WATCH OUT FOR RANSOMWARE

These kinds of attacks are on the rise, so police are asking us to watch out.

Ransomware is a malicious form of malware that encrypts your files and prevents you from accessing your computer, data or systems.

Victims are often then asked to make a payment in order to gain access to files again, but there's no guarantee paying will get access back.

For that reason, it's important to regularly back up your business critical files and data, meaning you can recover your data without having to pay a ransom.

There's more guidance on that from the National Cyber Security Centre website.

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Some cyber criminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic by targeting people online

BEWARE OF PHISHING 

We're warned that cyber criminals are exploiting the coronavirus outbreak as an opportunity to send phishing emails claiming to have important updates or encouraging donations, impersonating trustworthy organisations.

Don't click on links if you're in any doubt.

Guidance on phishing emails can be found on the NCSC website.

If you have been a victim of a cyber crime, you can report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, or visit their website.

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