As employees around the globe adjust to working from home, hackers are working to steal sensitive company information.
These cybercriminals know that most personal computers do not have the same security features as a company network.
Cybercriminals are profiting from uncertainty about coronavirus and the relative uncharted territory of remote-office communications amid this unprecedented global pandemic.
Maybe you think that someone cracking your password isn’t much of a threat, but the issue definitely affects your entire company.
Think of your password as the key to your company’s front door — once a hacker has your log-in name and password, they can impersonate you to access your computer network or commit other types of online fraud. After all, a cybercriminal’s goal is to get into your corporate computer system by whatever means possible.
If you have been asked to work from home during the next few weeks or months, here are important tips to remember as you spend more time inside and online:
✔ Safeguard log-in credentials. Be leery of any emails from your company’s HR department requesting your log-in credentials. Certainly use the same caution across the board anytime you’re asked for your bank account information, passwords, or Social Security number, as this request could be coming from a cyber-criminal. A legitimate business will never call you or email you directly for this information!
✔ Double- and triple-check before you open attachments. Don’t click on email links or attachments from anyone you don’t recognize. The links or attachments might have ransomware, which can infect your device and steal your information. But even when you do know the sender, take an extra few seconds to ensure that nothing seems off — does the sender’s email have obvious misspellings or bad grammar that seem atypical? Does the message not seem like something your friend or colleague would typically say overall? If so, it’s possible your friend has been hacked.
✔ Spot domain spoofing. When possible, input website domain names yourself versus clicking on a website on a search engine or via an email. A spoofed URL is a common form of phishing in which an attacker appears to use a company’s domain to impersonate a company or one of its employees.
✔ Turn on auto updates. Up-to-date antivirus software can definitely halt the spread of malware — remember to use this on your personal computer as well as smartphone and/or tablets.
✔ Use a VPN. If your company doesn’t already offer its employees a virtual private network, now would be a great time to start using one because it encrypts everything you do online. A VPN like CyberGhost provides you with a secure way to access the internet and do your work from home, all while keeping your connection private. A VPN will also hide your IP address, making it impossible to be tracked online.
✔ Stay on sites that use HTTPS encryption. In general, you want to avoid any website that starts with “http://” — it means there is no encryption without the extra “S”. In fact, using CyberGhost as your VPN will force all your web traffic to HTTPS pages when available.
✔ Look out for certificate errors. This sort of error warning is a potential red flag that something is wrong with the website.
✔ Be on high alert. While it’s always wise to be cautious, during a pandemic you must take extra steps to avoid falling victim to online fraud. Look for anything that seems unusual, suspicious, or raises any doubt in your mind — better safe than sorry!
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Posted on 17/08/2022 at 02:24
Thank you for sharing this information! If I use a VPN like CyberGhost, will my employer be able to see that I am using a VPN? I am able to work remotely but don’t want to attract unneeded attention 😀
Posted on 22/08/2022 at 11:34
Hi DJ Phillips! It’s hard to say. Are you working on your PC or that of your employer’s? Some employers use anti-proxy and anti-VPN software on proprietary devices, which will flag CyberGhost VPN. Do you need a static IP to access a particular workspace?
It’s best to get in touch with our customer support team through email or https://support.cyberghostvpn.com/hc/en-us. They can better advise you based on the type of device you use.
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Posted on 24/05/2021 at 08:34
Glad to hear you enjoyed reading, Ghostie. 😊
Posted on 06/05/2021 at 04:49
Posted on 06/05/2021 at 08:20
Glad to hear you enjoyed reading, Flora. 🙂
Posted on 06/08/2020 at 02:56
Merci pour l’information. Elle est simple et me redonne confiance. J’ai toujours su que la sécurité sur le web est Primordiale!! Je porte attention et plus que pas assez, à ma confidentialitée et pourtant, par des offres alléchantes, je me suis fait prendre à mon propre jeux!
Posted on 10/08/2020 at 16:32
Hi, Paméla! Glad to hear you enjoyed reading. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Mistakes do happen. 😅
Posted on 13/04/2020 at 03:03
Very helpful and informative. I will make sure to keep all that you’ve said in mind while visiting any domains from now on
Posted on 28/03/2020 at 14:07
It has kepted me safe for two years now
And to know my details are hidden is peace of mind
Posted on 26/03/2020 at 19:44
Great information as anyone can be a victim in these days. That’s why it is so important to be a little extra cautious when performing your at any lexel. Thanks
Posted on 27/03/2020 at 23:49
Indeed – thanks for the info!