Transitioning to Working From Home
IT Services, along with other departments, quickly made arrangements for employees to work from home. Working from home presents a higher risk of people being targeted by scammers, especially through phishing emails or through an unsecured network connection. Recent scams are impersonating emails that appear to come directly from the boss. Always check the sender’s email and never open an attachment from someone you don’t know. If you feel the email is a phishing attempt, report it or delete it. Be safe, not sorry!
Security at Home
While we are settling into a new norm of working from home, protecting your devices and personal information is more important than ever. A few tips to keep in mind are:
- Start with Security Basics: Keep your security software up to date. Use passwords on all your devises and apps. Make sure passwords are strong, long and unique.
- Securely store sensitive files: Physical security of files are equally important as data security of files. While at home, consider locking your sensitive files or confidential materials in a cabinet or locked storage box.
- COVID-19 Phishing Scams: There are numerous COVID-19 phishing scams currently being circulated. Some include emails from the Public Health Agency of Canada and the World Health Organization. The subject lines typically read “IMPORTANT: Coronavirus 2019” and are attempting to take advantage of the fear surrounding this serious pandemic.