Computer security and COVID-19?.In this article we share some simple precautions you can take if you are currently working from home .
This, perhaps, is the most important thing. And of course it’s easier said than done if there are restless kids running around your legs while you try to open and read the emails on your tray input. But for most people, and especially right now. It is entirely understandable that the reaction time is slower.
So, when an email (supposedly) comes from the manager saying that 1 crore should be transferred to an account as soon as possible, or when a message (supposedly) from the National Council of Health and Social Assistance says that you have a new ‘ Digital Mail ‘for you. Remember that you should take things easy and ask yourself if this would be normal if there were not a Coronavirus crisis .
If the answer is anything but a clear and unequivocal “YES”. Then it’s probably worth doubting. Call the manager and ask if they really sent that email. Take a look at the message from the National Board of Health and Social Assistance and consider the frequency with which the authorities contact you through this medium. And if you want to follow up. Visit the website of the Board of Health directly, do not follow the link in the text.
Use the work computer
Private computers often do not have a level of security that matches that of the workplace and are often used by multiple people as well. In this case, it is not only your behavior that can affect the company. But also that of your family.
The most recommended and optimal thing would be to avoid using your personal computer for work. And to use the work computer for private tasks.
Use the official websites
There are many websites offering information about COVID-19. But not all of them are harmless. The cyber criminals are not afraid to exploit fear and confusion so that people do things they normally would not.
Likewise, there are also programs distributed that are supposed to provide live tracking of COVID-19 infection rates. But instead encrypt and lock the phone or computer and use them to spread malware, or require a ransom to decrypt them.
So that this does not happen. We recommend you visit official websites of: The Ministry of Health , and if you are in Catalonia, the page of the Generalitat .
Be skeptical of senders (unknown)
Most people already know to be alert if you receive an email or text from an unknown sender. Who wants a link to be clicked or information such as Social Security numbers, card information to be provided credit, etc.
Now this becomes even more important as there are a growing number of phishing. And malicious attachment attacks in countries heavily affected by the Coronavirus. Unfortunately, it may also be necessary to protect yourself against seemingly known senders. As it is not particularly difficult to make an email look like someone else’s. It’s also not difficult to get a well-known link to point somewhere else – you can take a look at this example: https://www.google.com .
If someone asks you for something a little unusual or attaches something unexpected, remember that you don’t have to stress and take immediate action. Maybe call or email us before you do something about the suspicious email. If it’s really an urgent matter, they probably have called you instead of sending an email.
So don’t panic and use common sense in these situations.