Working remotely from home offers undeniable perks — such as zero commute and a more flexible schedule.
However, while every day may be casual Friday, one thing to not take lightly is cybersecurity.
If you're working from home temporarily or permanently, knowing how to protect yourself from cybercrime belongs at the top of your daily to-do list, along with knowing how to protect your personal information online and your home office.
In order to protect your personal information and home office when working remotely, it is important to understand some of the biggest cybersecurity risks to watch out for.
And that's not the only thing you need to look out for when working remotely. Other common scams include targeting remote employees and business owners (which may or may not be perpetrated through a business email compromise) include:
If you're working remotely for your employer, they may already have their own security protocols in place.
"There's a good possibility that your employer's IT department will take care of all the important security protections, updates and other aspects of protecting you online," says Chris Hauk, consumer privacy champion at online security education website Pixel Privacy.
But it still pays to be diligent about security yourself. Hauk says some of the best ways to do that are to:
It's also important to limit the use of workplace-issued devices to work tasks. Downloading a seemingly harmless app to your work phone, for example, could potentially expose you to fraud if the app includes malicious tracking software.
1. Verify sender's email address: Fraudsters might fake the displayed name and try to disguise the domain (e.g., "citii.com").
2. Read carefully: Grammar errors and urgent requests that break protocol are red flags.
3. Scrutinize links: Hover over a hyperlink to see the URL it goes to. Use caution with unexpected attachments, too.
4. Check with sender: Contact them via a verified phone number to confirm they sent the email.
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