Things to Consider
Backup and Disaster Recovery
One of the best methods for protecting your company data from a ransomware event or having your computer equipment fail is to have a solid backup and recovery plan. Surprisingly, most companies do not do this - many fear it is too expensive, some feel there is no need. Putting a plan in place does not have to be expensive or complicated and many times can be done quickly.
By now everyone has heard about using ZOOM for online meetings and chats. Some other tools are: ezTalks Meetings. ... Cisco WebEx. ... Skype. ... Zoom. ... TeamViewer. ... Apache OpenMeetings. ... Join.me. ... Google Hangouts. Google has several solutions and apps, like Google Voice.
Although there are many free anti-virus software packages out there, which may be okay for home use, you might want to consider a paid provider for your business. The costs are not always prohibitive, you get current updates and often times free support. For a few dollars the difference could be saving your company from a cyber disaster.
Working From Home
Just because you and your employees are working from home, you still need to have the same safeguards for your computers/laptops as you would in your office.
Be wary of opening emails from sources you don't know - better to delete it - if it is legit the sender will try again
Double-check the source of an email that contains an attachment or a link you are being asked to click on
If you receive an email that appears to be from another employee and it asks you to move funds or open an account or share a login/password - call them and verify the request is from them!
Best plan to have > When in Doubt, Don't!
If you are going to be away from your laptop/computer for any length of time, then log off any applications and disconnect from the internet. Hackers can't get into your laptop/computer if they cannot access it!
If you have to share private information - passwords, social security numbers, bank account or credit card numbers - call the recipient if at all possible instead of emailing! Don't give hackers the chance to get private data if they hijack your email!