Mar 27, 2020
Welcome to the new normal: working from home due to COVID-19 coronavirus. Read this before you download a bunch of unreliable software programs for mobile communication and video conferencing. Without doing your due diligence in researching these various applications, you could be unknowingly transmitting computer viruses and malware to your computer.
Here are some useful tips from cybersecurity experts that will keep your computer humming along safely and your boss thrilled with your productivity!
First, you take a deep breath as you plunge in. Ready? It's important to be clear about any expectations and guidelines your company may be issuing to its workers. Double-check all current company memos as they may spell out exactly how they want you to proceed. For example, your company may have specific requirements when it comes to file-sharing and the use of a VPN (virtual private network) to log into a company-intranet from home.
Are you unsure? Take some time to ask questions of your IT department. Remember, to ask before you download it! If you do have to download new applications, it's best to download them from a trusted source such as the Apple App Store or Google Play. These sites vet web apps and developers and have strict rules to prevent malware viruses that run rampant in third-party application websites.
SAN FRANCISCO — So you’ve been told to work remotely because of the coronavirus. About the worst thing you could do right now is download a bunch of sketchy programs for video conferencing, mobile working and the like that might carry computer viruses and make it so you can’t do any work at all.
Here are some tips from cybersecurity experts to keep you safe and your computer (and boss) happy.
First, take a deep breath and re-read whatever work-from-home memo your company sent out. It should outline what programs you should be using for calls, video conferencing, file sharing and whether you need a virtual private network (VPN) to log in to your network.
If the memo doesn’t outline these things, ask!
“It’s OK to just wait a couple of minutes to check with someone rather than downloading something that could cause problems,” said Ning Wang, CEO of Offensive Security, a cyber security company in New York.
Welcome to the new normal: working from home due to COVID-19 coronavirus. Read this before you download a bunch of unreliable software programs for mobile communication
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