01 Apr Working from home? Check out NINJIO’s free educational briefing starring Jon Lovitz
As companies scramble to adjust amid the most devastating pandemic in decades, millions of people are working from home for the first time. This means they’re more vulnerable to cyberattacks than ever before, which is why NINJIO has released an emergency educational briefing with former SNL star Jon Lovitz to help people work from home as safely as possible.
Lovitz plays an employee who’s been instructed to work from home using his own devices, despite the fact that he describes himself as a “newbie when it comes to technology.” He calls in to “NINJIO RADIO” for advice, and the host (Zack Schuler) offers a series of tips on how he can reduce his risk of falling victim to a cyberattack:
- Update your operating system. Zack tells Jon the first thing he should do is update his operating system. People are often annoyed when their computers send update prompts, but these updates include important security patches.
- Update your antivirus software. Jon also wants to know if he should update his antivirus software. Zack recommends doing so (which may require the payment of a subscription fee) and tells Jon to contact his company’s tech department if the software doesn’t offer comprehensive protection.
- Consult with your IT team about what mobile software to use and keep it updated. Zack explains that mobile devices are susceptible to cyberattacks as well. Users should ensure that all their applications are set to automatically update, as well as consulting with their IT team about which software to use.
- Always use a VPN when on public WiFi. When Jon asks about using public WiFi, Zack cautions against it but urges him to use a VPN if he has no other option.
Near the end of Jon’s call, he informs Zack that he just received an email telling him to open an attachment with the “latest statistics about the number of infections in a three-mile radius of your home.” Zack immediately warns him that the email is almost certainly a phishing attack, and points out that Coronavirus scams are “all over the web right now” – and we’re only going to see more of them in the coming weeks.
From fake Coronavirus charities to fraudulent offers of remote work, people have to be on their guard against cyberattacks and scams like never before. Never open attachments from sources you don’t trust completely, and check legitimate resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and The New York Times for the latest updates and recommendations on COVID-19.
Check out NINJIO’s work from home PSA here.