Be Safe Online too..Do’s and Dont’s at COVID-19

Be Safe Online too..Do’s and Dont’s at COVID-19

We are in the middle of the pandemic situation of COVID-19 and everything is lockdown. Multiple companies are applying Work from Home(WFH) for their employees as well as Institutes are conducting online classes for their students. At this time a large population is using the internet. Though it has given solutions to live life during the lockdown period, the risk of online security is more into concern.

It is good to be safe online rather take the risk and be a victim of cybercrime.

The Good Security Standards follow the “90/10” Rule:
10% of security safeguards are technical
90% of security safeguards rely on the computer user (YOU!) to adhere to good computing practices.

So to be safe online we can follow the guidelines below.

  1. DO NOT OPEN ANY LINKS OR DOWNLOAD ANY ATTACHMENTS ON YOUR MAIL REFERRING TO COVID-19, 
    1. Rather follow the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding all relevant updates on the situation.
  2. DO NOT CLICK ON POP-UPS when visiting certain websites, you may face-threatening pop-ups claiming to have found malware or viruses on your computer. Don’t click on them as they will more often than not try installing malware or adware on your device.
  3. DO NOT DISABLE FIREWALL on your system. In-built firewalls are a very good line of defense that helps you protect against threats perform malicious activities on your system.
  4. ENABLE MULTIFACTOR AUTHENTICATION (MFA) on your organization account.
  5. UPDATE to the latest security patches for your desktop, laptop or software.
  6. Use Enterprise Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access organizational resources and verify it’s up to date.
  7. LOCK your devices before you leave your devices unsupervised (i.e. Work Laptop, Smartphones, Tablets). Have a habit of locking them before you leave it. Ensure auto-lock is enabled after a short duration of inactivity.
  8. Enforce Communication with the USE of End-to-end (E2E) Encrypted messaging applications. All official & confidential conversations must be done through such applications. Exercising with Microsoft Teams can be beneficial for all organizational communications.
  9. INCREASE PASSWORD COMPLEXITY for all your organization accounts.
  10. Beware about SHOULDER SURFING as others might be able to see/listen to some sensitive and confidential information.

This informative session was given by Mr. Milan Raj Nepali, Head of IT, insurance board Ministry of Finance, Government of Nepal

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