Have you ever seen one of your family members or neighbors at the top of a ladder not being very safe? Maybe they were painting, taking leaves out of the gutters or cleaning windows, but they were making you nervous just watching them! Well, I’ve felt that quick moment of panic as I’ve seen some people misstep or reach too far and start to lose balance. At that point, I’m running over to the bottom of the ladder hoping I’m in time to steady it and prevent a fall.
If the wind was strong enough to pick up Dorothy and Toto and pull her entire house into a tornado and send them to the magical Land of Oz, there is no telling what it could do to your property. Spring season is here, and with that comes storms. Rain, hail, wind, lightning, and those nasty tornadoes can cause serious damage. So, instead of getting your magical shoes ready, follow these simple steps to minimize damage to your home.
Spring has always been one of my favorite seasons. All winter I look forward to planting flowers, the warmer weather, and my birthday!
But spring also brings rain, storms, and other perils that could cause damage to your home. Most of us are under quarantine right now and have some extra time on our hands, so it’s a great time to follow this checklist to ensure that your home is ready for spring!
COVID-19 has forced people from their workplaces and schools. Working from home and homeschooling means that millions of Americans are using video conferencing for the first time. With this surge in new users, there will be many cybersecurity challenges. Here’s some information to help you make sure your online video communications stay secure.
Pick a secure video conferencing service.
Now that more businesses, schools, and organizations are relying on video conferencing software for day-to-day communications, the question of their security, while always an issue, is mission-critical. Software companies have begun offering free, enhanced versions of their teleconferencing apps to facilitate the sudden shift in remote workers.
When selecting a platform, ask the following questions:
Beware of Phishing Links
The COVID-19 outbreak has meant more people relying on e-mail as a primary source of communication and hackers have taken notice. Be extremely cautious when opening any attachments or clicking on links sent via e-mail or text.
The risks are not new. Ransomware has the potential to effectively sever your communication to your workers, and there will be fewer resources for getting back online.
Additionally, hackers will be looking for opportunities to hack into companies with the mass change of behavior. Other vectors of attack may include phishing via text message (smishing) and vishing, where someone calls and poses as an employee.
Confirm E-mail Communications
A major tactic used in phishing scams is Business Email Compromise (BEC), where seemingly innocuous e-mails are sent from a known co-worker or colleague to get sensitive information such as network access, payment information, or even money transfers.
“BEC is a very damaging form of phishing – one that riffs off the whaling method, where the hacker’s goal is to trick a c-suite employee into clicking a link or opening an attachment,” says CyberScout founder Adam Levin. “BEC turns the whaling method around, spoofing the e-mail of a higher-up and sending an urgent communication to someone in a position to wire money.”
Google and Facebook were both hit with this tactic to the tune of $100 million in 2019 – if anyone in your office gets an e-mail asking for anything potentially sensitive, follow up with a phone call, Slack, text message, etc. Never trust an e-mail, even if it looks legitimate.
How Do Remote Workers Figure Into It?
It goes without saying that everything was not secure or cyber-safe before COVID-19. Any business with at least one computer, mobile phone, or Internet-connected device was and continues to be threatened on a regular basis by a wide array of malware, phishing scams, data leaks, ransomware, and more.
An entire office can operate on a single network with the bulk of its internet traffic channeled through that single Internet connection. This makes it easier to implement a firewall and security software specifically designed to block suspicious traffic and known threats. Also, IT and tech support staff usually have access to all devices connected to a company’s network, and for that reason can ensure software and firmware is patched and up to date. While that doesn’t protect fully against cyberthreats, it provides greater oversight and protection than workers have from their homes.
“This new situation has drastically increased our collective attackable surface,” Levin warns. “A spike in new cyber-attacks is inevitable when an entire workforce is connecting remotely.”
Blog courtesy of CyberScout. ©2020 CyberScout, LLC
Times are really different right now compared to years past, but today is March 31, and that means it’s World Backup Day. As we’re quarantined and trying to stay healthy, it may be a good time to remind ourselves about the importance of protecting our valuable information. Data loss can strike at any time, and the cost of recovery could be high—unless you have a recent, usable backup. Take the first step by following the 5 Ws of backing up data: who, what, where, when, and why.
Families across the country are in quarantine and are likely keeping their children busy by assigning chores! Many of us will reward our children with an allowance or other form of compensation for completing those chores. So what better time to talk to your kids about responsibility in earning money and being smart with that money.
So COVID-19 has turned you into a remote worker. Maybe you’ve always wanted to work at home. Or maybe you miss your coworkers. It’s an adjustment. Here are some tips that
can help you enjoy your new work environment.
The Covid-19 pandemic, also known as the novel coronavirus, has affected daily life in unprecedented ways. Because of home-work and homeschooling measures, millions of Americans are using video conferencing for the first time. With this surge in new users, there will be many cybersecurity challenges.
Coronavirus scams are everywhere.
During the evolving public health crisis surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus), it is essential to remain vigilant in the days and weeks to come, online as well as out in the world.