We are in the middle of an unprecedented event in the history of technology; due to the COVID-19 pandemic there are more people working remotely from home than ever before. While it’s great that so many people are able to remain working during this crisis, it also means more vulnerability for employers. Every computer that has access to a business’s network becomes a vulnerability that could be exploited to gain access to the network and the sensitive data within. It’s not all bad news though, there are some simple steps that we can all take to help ensure the security of our systems.

Keep everything up to date. Those Windows updates aren’t there just to annoy you when you boot up your computer, many of them are to fix vulnerabilities that cyber criminals could use to compromise your system. The same applies to common applications such as Java, Adobe Reader, ect. Ensure that your antivirus software is up to date and perform scans regularly.

Use good password practices. Now is as good a time as any to update that old, insecure password that you use for everything. It is best practice to use a unique password for everything, the longer and more complex the better. Use two factor authentication whenever possible.

Be wary of email scams. Avoid opening emails from sources that you don’t know. Never click any links, or open any files from any sources that you don’t trust. Be suspicious of emails pertaining to COVID-19 or Coronavirus. Cyber criminals use times like these to prey upon people’s good will and fear. Never donate to any organizations unless you are 100% certain that they are legitimate.

Take steps to ensure the security of your home network. Ensure that your router’s password is not left as the default, or is easy to guess. Make your network password protected with a strong password to keep unauthorized guests out. There have been vulnerabilities found in the firmware of several manufacturers’ routers recently, so if possible update your router’s firmware.

If you are uncomfortable taking any of these steps yourself, give us a call at (231) 839-7928. We’ll schedule a remote session with one of our technicians, who will be able to audit your system and ensure you stay as secure as possible. We are available to answer any questions you have as well. Remember, it’s better to take steps to ensure your security today than wish you had tomorrow.

From all of us at Allpro Technology; stay home, stay safe, and stay healthy.