Connect with a trusted partner
At Gilmore, we work hard to make sure that our partners are secure. If you find yourself working from home during these circumstances, here are some tips to keep your personal devices secure as well.
Enable Automatic Updates
If you’re operating a home computer on Windows 10 (recommended), updates are automatically enabled. You’ll want to make sure this is the case by going under Settings/Update and Security/Windows Update/Change Settings. Keeping your computer up-to-date is the number one way to keep it safe from online threats. This can also keep your computer running smooth and efficiently. This approach should be taken for any software you use at home to maintain your security.
3rd Party Software Updates
Below are some software updaters that will check and scan for out-of-date software:
PatchMyPC - https://patchmypc.com/home-updater-download
Antivirus/Malware Monitoring and Protection
Be sure your antivirus and malware software have real-time protection and are current with the latest definitions. Windows Defender is automatically installed on Windows 8 or newer machines and enabling Automatic Updates will keep antivirus up-to-date.
Have a Strong Password Game
It is best practice to have a longer, more complex password that you don’t have to change as often. This should include more than 10 digits with capitals, numbers, and a special character (i.e. P@ssw0rd540386!) If it becomes a burden remembering many different passwords, look into any of these free password managers:
Lastpass - https://www.lastpass.com/
Myki - https://myki.com/
Bitwarden - https://bitwarden.com/
Secure your Wireless Access with a Password
Learn more about your specific router by going online and searching the model number for some how-to information. If you create a new password or change your current one, it will disconnect all your devices that have the old password saved. If you are unsure about doing this yourself but want it done, reach out to wherever you purchased the device and they should be able to assist with this setup.
Don’t trust Pop-Ups or Links in Emails
Malicious links and click-bait come in many different forms and at times when you are overwhelmed or distracted. Cybercriminals have perfected phishing emails by making the sender look like a friend or a work colleague that you communicate with frequently, and all it takes is one click for them to gain access to your computer and network. As always, (If you don’t like to click on links that redirect you, please copy and paste to your browser).
Website pop-ups can look like an innocent update to a piece of software like Flash or Chrome, but you should always download from the official website (i.e. adobe.com). The same applies to a pop-up that says it detected a virus in your system. Instead, go to your antivirus software and run a scan from there. If you think you’ve clicked on something malicious or you are unsure, run a scan to check things out:
Trend Micro's House Call - https://www.trendmicro.com/en_us/forHome/products/housecall.html
Malwarebytes - https://www.malwarebytes.com/
SuperAntiSpyware - https://www.superantispyware.com/
With some simple behavioral changes, you can be rest assured that you’re doing everything you can to stay secure while working remotely.
Stay safe out there!