The attempt to steal someone’s personal information for financial gain is nothing new. It started up long before the creation of the internet. Some techniques have become difficult to identify due to how clever and crafty the phishing attempt is. Other attempts are seemingly blatant and obvious, and yet they continue, mostly because it only takes one individual to slip up and fall for the phishing attempt to make it profitable. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of workers shifted from working in an office setting to working from home.
It took some time, and there was a learning curve, but many businesses have figured out ways to run their operations smoothly after a year. However, there is one major downside to working from home. Phishing attempts have dramatically increased during the pandemic. Or, at the very least, noticeable phishing attacks. Office networks are designed to protect against the majority of cybercriminals, so many of these attacks are never noticed.
The same is not true with individuals working from home. If you run a business, and you have employees either working from home or bringing their home computer into the office, you need to establish new security protocols to protect not only your employee’s information but your company information as well. While COVID19 phishing attempts are on the rise, here is what you can do about it.