Tips: How to protect yourself from COVID-19 technology scams

Additional tips when working from home during COVID-19 Don’t copy work-related information to personal technology devices (e.g., personal phone, home computer, personal online storage, etc.). Mute or shut down any digital assistants such as Alexa, Google Home, etc., since they are constantly recording nearby conversations. Protect your privacy while video conferencing using platforms like Zoom or Skype by making the meeting private to avoid “bad actors” from barging in. Also, limit sharing capabilities to protect sensitive information. Don’t let family members or friends use your company- provided equipment (e.g., laptop, mobile phone, etc.). Don’t use personal email, file sharing sites, social media or other systems that are not approved and secured by your company. Conduct regular security audits and tests on your computer and systems. Implement a plan in case of a technology scam or cyberattack. If you own or lead a business, make sure your company has cyber liability coverage in place.

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