Consumer Alert: Cybersecurity more crucial then ever while working from home

As the coronvirus outbreak has forced people to work from home, cybersecurity is becoming more important.

News 12 Staff

Mar 20, 2020, 4:01 PM

Updated 1,532 days ago

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As the coronvirus outbreak has forced people to work from home, cybersecurity is becoming more important.
Experts say to make sure the anti-virus and security software on all computers is up to date. They also say that routers need to have the latest updates.
Cybersecurity expert Adam Levin also says people should be sure that passwords are long and strong. He says that for more sensitive accounts, users can go a step further.
"Two-factor authentication," Levin says. "So that for anyone to log on to one of your accounts, even if you're logging on from a device that's unfamiliar, you will get a code sent to your phone just to confirm that you're you."
Those suffering from a loss of income due to virus may not be able to pay their bills on time. Experts say the key is to get out in front of it early.
Those who fear they may have trouble paying bills should contact their lenders or credit card companies and let them know about their situation.
The federal government is pushing banks to offer options so people should ask if theirs will waive, delay or skip payments.
Those who have a student loan may also be allowed a deferment. Even if payments are not made, the interest will continue to grow.
Scammers are already trying to take advantage of people's coronavirus concerns.
Groups like the CDC or World Health Organization won't email individuals. If anyone gets an email claiming to be from one of those groups, it is a scam.
Anyone who clicks on a link from an email feigning to be from the CDC or World Health Organization could infect their device with malware.
Experts say senior are especially vulnerable to scams because they are more isolated and may be more willing to engage a scammer in conversation.
Those who know seniors should call them because of these coronavirus concerns.
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