Is Your At-Home Setup Secure?

Is Your At-Home Setup Secure
April 9, 2020 10:38 am

Cyber criminals aren’t taking a “time-out” due to the current pandemic that is happening across the world.  In fact, they are using it as an opportunity to continue to find new and creative ransomware strains.  Having a clear cybersecurity plan in place is an essential part of any business.  But what happens when you’re working from your home office?  Is it also secure and safe from ransomware?


There are many ways that ransomware can creep into your system, and it’s beneficial to know what to be on the lookout for.  Here are 4 common ways:

  1. Opening an infected email attachment
  2. Clicking on an ad or link that goes to a malicious website
  3. Plugging in an infected USB thumb drive
  4. Downloading unsecure software


As most Americans are quarantined in their homes, they have no choice but to work remotely.  Setting up a home office can seem challenging and overwhelming.  However, every time a new office or work space is set up, one of the most important steps is to reexamine your security to make sure it is completely up to date and secure.


Important Ways to Protect Yourself:

  • Install a mandatory up-to-date Anti-Virus with current definitions
  • Have operating system security and patches, which should be updated daily. (CATS Technology sent out a document on how to do this.)
  • While connected to the VPN, avoid doing any personal tasks, such as personal email or files.  If you need to, please disconnect.
  • Have some type of Firewall in place.  This is usually provided by your ISP (Comcast, Verizon, Optimum, etc.)


It doesn’t take much for your system to be compromised, and just one click can completely shut down servers, workstations, and laptops.  If you are unsure if your home set up is secure, then call CATS Technology Solutions Group and talk to a Cybersecurity expert.  Your system will be monitored day and night and you will never have to worry about the negative effect cybercriminals can have on your workspace and overall business.

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