The COVID-19 pandemic has forcibly changed our daily usual life routines, and our working routines and personal life routines have changed. Nowadays, we are spending more time on social media and online and following the digital payment method. Cybercriminals are continuously taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have accelerated phishing attacks, not only working from home employees are at risk, but the personal computer as well. In this article, We have highlighted 10 cybersecurity tips to combat cyber attacks during the COVID-19 pandemic.
1. Keep your security updates on automatic mode
Devices without a firewall, without an adequate antivirus, or without the latest security updates usually quickly become the victim of cyber crimes. To reduce this cybersecurity risk, turn on automatic security updates to ensure your system have the latest security fixes, install an adequate antivirus that runs continuously, and configure a firewall.
2. Always use Wi-Fi encryption for access
Wireless access features give the sense of requiring passwords to gain access to the network. It is recommended to use this feature to ensure that only allowed users are on your home network.
3. Make sure your digital identity protected
We are going deep, and our lives are connected in the virtual realm, our digital identity becomes more important to protect. Always keep your passwords strong or, if there is an option, use biometric authentication like your face or fingerprint with multi-factor authentication (MFA).
4. Be careful while chatting online and using conferencing solutions
We depend and spend more time on audio-video conferencing solutions, it is essential to think about privacy and security.
5. Access and share data via secure mediums
In Covid-19, we are working remotely, it is easy for lines to blur between work and home. It’s essential to ensure that your business data does not get mixed with your personal data. Keep in mind to use business resources for Business, to store and share content for work only. Avoid using consumer offerings for your business data while you are working remotely.
6. Switch-on device encryption
Device encryption secures your device data from unauthorized access.
7. Be knowledgeable of phishing and identity attacks
Cybercriminals continue to exploit victims even in this COVID-19 global pandemic crisis. In the last two months, we have observed that cybercriminals are using new lures related to the COVID-19 outbreak are being indiscriminate in their targeting.
8. Identity compromise is still the number major entry point
Cybercriminals are looking to steal your digital identity for money, spam, and gain access. Be careful while visiting unexpected websites and applications asking you to signup with your details. The same goes for MFA requests. If you did not initiate it, do not verify it.
9. Phishing attack is still out there
Be cautious of any offer you see, before going forward, cross-verify it.
10. Be careful when you get tech support
Tech support scams are an industry-wide problem where scammers use scare tactics to trick you into paying for unwanted services that supposedly fix your machine, operating system, or software problem. Cybercriminals first show you errors (imaginary, unnecessary, or common error) in your operating system, and then they will ask for money to fix that.