Scammers scam telecommuters is on the rise

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According to the Wall Street Journal, scammers are seeing an opportunity to attack home users who typically would be at work using company resources and company protection.  However, due to the Covid-19, the volume of users working from home often doesn’t have the same security protection offered to them when they work from the office and therefore the protection is far less.

“The corona virus, which is currently hotly debated in the media, has been used as a [sic] bait by cybercriminals. So far, we’ve only identified ten unique files, but since this type of activity is common to popular media topics, we expect this number to increase. As people continue to worry about their health, fake documents that are said to educate them about the corona virus may be spreading more and more malware” said malware analyst Anton Ivanov, of cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab.

And it’s going to worse before it gets better.  The number of corporate users recently let go from large department stores, such as Macy’s and JC Penny’s, are going to force the number of home users up.  To help reduce the attacks, home users should practice safe internet usage by following these simple guidelines:

  • Do not click on suspicious links that promise exclusive content such as discounts or savings when buying online.
  • Obtain information from official, trustworthy sources, before opening the emails.
  • Check file extensions of downloaded files before opening files. Documents and video files don’t use the .EXE file format. In some cases, if you open the downloaded file using Notepad or our product Secure NotePad v2, you can ward off dangerous content from infecting your computer system.
  • Use a reliable security solution to ensure comprehensive protection against a wide range of threats.
  • Update your virus libraries to help shut down computer viruses.

Simple processes yet effective. Keep generating information and enjoy the same protection at home.