Ever since the world moved into isolation due to Covid-19, work from home – that used to be an option – became mandatory. However, when you all switched to working from home, there was another virus waiting. And, this one has been familiar to us since the dawn of the internet. Yes, we are talking about malware – and other potential threats that swarm the internet. So, how to safeguard ourselves against these? How to ensure digital safety during pandemic outbreaks?

While the state of emergency is getting slowly lifted, organizations are still more concerned about safety. As a result, they are allowing teams to work remotely. For instance, Twitter has already told its employees that they can work from home permanently

“Working from home” is the new norm. In recent months, everyone has adapted to working safely from the comfort of their homes. And thankfully, there is no slack in productivity, as reported by most of the organizations. What is really troubling people and organizations alike – the threat of hacking, transmission of virus, and cyberattacks. In other words, digital safety during pandemics.

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Firstly, don’t let the pandemic get to your head

The crisis is getting aggressive by each passing day and normalization is out of bounds for the next few months. A stressful situation as such certainly affects us in various ways, especially people who live by themselves. Employees who saw physical offices as a way to beat their solitary have no choice but to work remotely. 

All of these – and many other situations which one can’t even relate to – might force us to think less rationally. 

You must understand what role your “presence of mind” plays in such situations. Therefore, let not the uncertainty affect your intellect in any way. 

Device sanitization against digital viruses

Like you wash your hands and disinfect everything around your home, sanitize your PCs too, against digital viruses. The chances of a breach are higher when you are not protected by your organization-standard high-end security systems. Use the following tips to keep your company data protected as well as your device free from malware. 

  • Use strong passwords. Yes, this rule will never get old
  • Do not click on unknown links. Even if you find them in your company’s email address. Remember that hackers are often very good at what they do best
  • Use paid versions of trusted applications. For your online meetings and official messaging, use applications that ensure end-to-end encryption
  • Use passphrase instead of passwords for other devices, such as routers, modems, and hard drives
  • Work on updated applications. Make sure all your applications are updated to their latest versions. Enable auto-update
  • Use antivirus software

Beware of covid-19 scams

Special mention: Cybercriminals have widely misused the pandemic and fed on the innocence of a terrified population. Never click on suspicious links and attachments related to covid-19, if you don’t recognize the source. 

Covid-19 Scams

Most organizations that were never in agreement with the “work from home” approach are praising it today. The Covid-19 might have a solution but digital vulnerabilities are never-ending. But, the precautions aren’t too troublesome either. We all have to stay alert and together in these unprecedented times to ensure digital safety during the pandemic.