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If your employer permits you to work from home in either a telework or telecommute status, you must take the steps necessary to safeguard your computer.

Every day, unscrupulous persons launch cyberattacks against individual and company computers to gain access to the information contained on them. These persons look for vulnerabilities in your security protocols and will try to trick you into giving them unauthorized access to your computer.

Due to the recent coronavirus outbreak, many companies are sending out more emails than usual to keep their employees informed of the latest information to help keep them safe. Unfortunately, this increase in electronic information sharing provides more opportunities for criminals to try and introduce malware to your computer and steal your personal or financial information.

In a recent article, Roy Maurer, Online Manager, Editor, and Talent Acquisition at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) warns employees about the fake emails related to the coronavirus. Maurer also provides several tips for securing your company’s electronic information, such as not clicking on any links you don’t recognize. It could be a hacker attempt to steal your information.

Make sure you keep your virus protection software and other security programs current. If your company does not have an Information Technology department who’s responsible for keeping your anti-virus software current, you will need to take on this responsibility. One way to keep the virus protection software current is to set your computer to receive the software’s automatic updates.

Don’t open any suspicious emails that have odd or incorrect addresses. Often, emails may look legitimate, but upon further examination, you may notice that a character is missing. There could also be a string of letters and numbers that don’t belong.

Don’t open any attachments from suspicious emails. Attachments could have malware hidden in them.

If you don’t recognize a sender’s name on your company’s email, check the employee directory to verify whether the person is an employee. You can also respond to the email by calling the sender on the phone.

Be suspicious of emails that demand an immediate response. Creating a sense of urgency could be a way to tempt you to open an email without paying attention to the email address.

Never give anyone your password or sensitive company information in an email.

You may trust your spouse and family members, but unless they work at the same company and have the same position as you, none of them are authorized to view the information on your company’s computer.

You should position your computer in a manner that prevents family members and others who are not authorized to access your company’s data from being able to view that information.

When you are away from your computer, you should lock your computer screen or turn off your computer.

These are some simple steps you can take to keep your computer secure when working at home.

Along with the convenience of working at home comes risks. You must take the precautionary security measures to protect your company’s information when working from home.

Posted on Friday, April 3, 2020 1:20 PM | Back to top

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