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Cybersecurity & Scams: 5 Ways To Stay Safe

Understanding Security Threats During COVID and Beyond

We are in the midst of an uncharted time in terms of telecommuting, organizations might not be as ready for a fully remote workforce as they once thought. Some companies are too focused on "what" tools to use vs. training people "how" to work with each other remotely.

One of the larger issues to arise with telecommuting over the past 4-6 weeks has been the stark uptick in cyber events. Per Cloudflare, hacking attempts have increased 37% month over month with a massive 600% increase in phishing attempts since the end of Feb.

Be aware of telltale signs of fraud. When it comes to protecting your company intellectual property and employee systems, there are 5 simple steps you can do to protect your business and teams when working from home:

Step 1: Wifi Passwords

Change your wifi password. Most people set a wifi password at home and then never touch it again. Now is probably a good time to change it and even set a reminder to change it similar to changing your batteries on the smoke alarm.

Step 2: Antivirus Software

Ensure you have antivirus software of some form installed on your computer. Even Windows Defender is better than nothing. Mobile security is also important, only half of the mobile devices in the US are protected by antivirus software. 

Step 3: Email Addresses 

Always check the sender email address, not the name as that is easy to mimic, but the actual email address. If you don't recognize it, delete it immediately and report it to your IT team and company leadership.  

Step 4: Phishing Scams

Always assume any web link sent in an email is a phishing attempt, especially anything that asks you to enter credentials. Hover your mouse over the link to view the URL, if it looks strange, delete it. The Federal Trade Commission detailed pages about how to recognize and avoid phishing scams. Can you spot when you’re being phished? Take the quiz.

Step 5: Fraudulent Invoices 


If someone urgently needs an important document or demands immediate payment of an invoice, double-check the someone is who they claim to be. Don’t be afraid to call the other party for clarification or confirm the action one more time with your accounting team. Last year, Google and Facebook got tricked out of $123 million by a scam that costs small businesses billions every year. 

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The Clevyr team is standing by to answer your security questions. We manage cybersecurity projects for numerous companies and provide security guidance, let’s meet for virtual coffee.


Alan White is a technologist, strategist, innovator, and leader with over 20 years' experience in Information Technology. His current role is the Director of Information Technology at SEF Energy.   

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