Many of us are working from home during the Level 4 Lockdown. This provides many challenges - data security being one of them. Here are a few suggestions:
- Be aware of any unexpected emails - especially ones with attachments that may come from people you don't know. We have seen evidence of an increase in phishing attacks. Phishing being where someone with criminal intent tries to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords or credit card details etc by disguising themselves as someone else in the likes of an email (can also be a website).
So, do not provide any personal and especially financial information in response to emails, texts, or instant messages unless you are really sure and trust the source.
- This is not so much of an issue with the lockdown. But when things free up a bit, if you are working remotely do not leave your devices unlocked in public places. Public transport and cafes are prime grounds for those looking to steal devices and they may also access your private date when they do so unless you have it locked down.
- WiFi - use only trusted WiFi i.e. your home network. Be very wary of using WIFI provided by any shared space, such as a library, malls, cafes airports etc. Attackers can intercept traffic in these public WiFi spaces with a person-in-the-middle attack, where they read or change, the data you’re sending across the WiFi. All in all public Wi-Fi poses a significant security risk - don't use it for any sensitive communication.
- Lastly we suggest you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when connecting to your work network. This creates an encrypted tunnel between your computer and your work network protecting the files and data you’re accessing from your device at home. If you need to get one there are many good choices around. Techradar do a good review: https://www.techradar.com/nz/vpn/best-vpn.