As a PCI DSS-compliant service provider, we know that maintaining the security of your data is one of our highest priorities. As such, ROI Solutions maintains a formal and stringent security program. As we teach our employees, you are the first line of defense to protect your organization against hackers and malicious cybercriminals. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you are prepared and vigilant as a “human firewall.”
- Make sure your internet connection is secure.
- The internet connection is one of the most significant security holes in your home.
- Have I changed the default password and enabled the security settings on my router (the device from my internet provider that allows me to connect to the internet)?
- Am I using virtual private network (VPN) technology, which creates a safe internet connection that shields my online activity from the bad guys whenever I am connected to the network?
- Always be cautious of hackers’ tricks.
- Hackers want to trick you into taking an action that grants them access to your device and your organization’s network. Remember to stop, look, and think before taking action.
- Does this information I’m about to share need to be shared?
- Am I suspicious of all unexpected messages and social media connection requests?
- Is this email actual or a phishing attack? Phishing emails are disguised to look like they are from regular contacts or organizations and try to trick you into acting like opening an infected attachment or clicking a malicious link.
- Proofing against Spoofing
- With more and more people looking for at-home entertainment, Netflix has gained over 15 million new subscribers. Cybercriminals are happily taking advantage of this larger audience! Long before the COVID-19 pandemic, bad guys were spoofing Netflix emails to collect your sensitive information. Netflix-themed phishing attacks can vary from fake email alerts accusing you of non-payment to offering free streaming access during the pandemic. These strategies include a link to a fake Netflix page designed to gather and deliver your information to the bad guys.
- These types of scams aren’t limited to Netflix. Other streaming services like Disney+ and Spotify are also being spoofed. Remember that if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never click on a link that you weren’t expecting. You recognize it even if it appears to be from a company or service. When an email asks you to log in to an account or online service, log in to your account through your browser – not by clicking the link in the email. This way, you can ensure you’re logging into the actual website, not a phony look-alike.
- Know your organization’s policies and procedures.
- Making sure you know your organization’s expectations when working from home.
- Have I reviewed the appropriate policies and procedures my organization has in place related to working remotely?
- Do I know who to ask for assistance or clarification of these guidelines?
We hope these tips are helpful today and as we gradually return to work at our offices. Stay safe and secure!