How to protect your computer while you work at home

GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT) – As we continue to move into another year with COVID-19, some are still working from home.

One topic people seem to be talking about the most is computer software and data protection, during “Home Office and Security Week”. Home Office and Security Week is the second week of January.

Local IT management company says malware and suspicious viruses are the main culprits in hacking and damaging your computer.

Sam Stretar, chief cybersecurity manager and security analyst at Computer Peripherals Unlimited, says it’s important to have an up-to-date virus and malware protection program. Because viruses can appear anywhere on your computer.

“A lot of things happen through email, spam, phishing, which is very important these days because it can lead to ransomware and lock down your computer,” Stretar said.

Having good judgment and knowledge about how to protect your computer software can also be of benefit, not only to you, but to the business and organization you work for. Stretar also says businesses should take precautions when setting up their network infrastructure for employees working from home using a VPN, also known as a virtual private network.

“The original purpose of a VPN was for satellite offices so that they could actually have a secure connection between home users, satellite offices and the main base,” Stretar said.

If and when you are working from home, there are some red flags that you need to avoid. One of the most common red flags is a bogus website popping up saying your computer has been infected and calling a 1-800 number to have Microsoft take care of everything for you.

“We see that very often it’s never Microsoft, it’s always a scam or a hacker trying to trick you into calling them so they can get into your computer and infect it, put a horse Troy on it, do something
it’s malicious, ”Stretar said.

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