Doug Bedell — June 24, 2020, 12:35 pm

Digital Hazards of Working From Home – Hackers at the Ready

Think it’s safe to work from home? Maybe so, but precautions have to be taken against digital intruders. SecurityInfowatch makes this observation:

“Many users have been surprised at how easy it is to work from home and keep in touch with colleagues and clients via applications like Zoom and Skype.

“But many cybersecurity experts have been far less surprised at how these same companies have increasingly fallen victim to hacking, resulting in an ongoing conversation with government officials about what can be done to protect our digital economy.”

Protecting the digital economy starts with awareness of the ploys you may be prey to at your keyboard. “The issue of cybersecurity has never been more urgent, as hackers from around the world are using fear of the novel coronavirus to increase their targeted attacks on American businesses.”

“Since the spread of COVID-19, the FBI has received four times as many reports of cybercrime. Many of these fraudsters have used the coronavirus as a means of spreading their malware and compromising user data.

“After all, many of us have spent a lot of time on the web reading the news and searching for new information about this virus and ways we can protect ourselves and our community. Many would-be cybercriminals masquerade as legitimate health organizations to lure their target to click on their link, only to use this as a gateway to get more information and access to the user’s computer.”

So, while you’re working at home, you need to be aware of who may be working against you in the cyber realm.

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