BBB offers tips for staying cyber secure when working remotely

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin is offering 10 tips for staying cyber secure when working remotely amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

According to BBB, here are the 10 best practices for staying cybersecure: 

1. Remember to save your work

Be sure to lock your computer before leaving your desk.

2. Log off

Don't just lock or disconnect from your computer, BBB says to be sure to log off when you are finished for the day.

3. Password protect

Be sure to have a password on your office cell phone and corporate PCs. 

4. Don't click

BBB says to watch for any coronavirus or other communication asking you to click a link, login or supply a password. These should be viewed as phishing scams.

5. Never open an attachment

BBB also says to be careful clicking on links or replying to messages unless you are certain that the source is legitimate and the communication was expected.

6. Call to verify

If you are asked to do a favor for your manager, such as wire transferring money, be sure to always call the person to verify before acting. 

7. Don't allow remote IT support

BBB warns against this without verifying the source. Your IT department will communicate with you first before connecting to your computer. 

8. Do not accept unsolicited support calls

These calls could be someone claiming to be from Microsoft, Apple, or other vendors.

9. Avoid pop-up numbers

If a message box pops up with a phone number in it, BBB says to not call the number.

10. Always run anti-virus/anti-malware software

This can be done on your computers, particularly home PCs. This will ensure that your subscription and antivirus definitions are kept up-to date. BBB also says to ensure that Windows PCs are rebooted regularly and that Windows Updates are routinely installed on home systems.

More information can be found on the BBB's website. 

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