How to keep your information secure while working from home

Posted at 8:37 PM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 00:15:10-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — With millions of Americans staying safe at home during COVID-19, more and more people are adapting to working from home.

While Americans are making this transition, it's important to take some extra steps to keep your information safe.

UK's Director of Cybersecurity George Insko says that with this pandemic, hackers are trying to get your information.

"Be aware that the bad guys are definitely trying to use this pandemic to get into your computers with a lot of fishing emails and scams," Insko said.

Insko says you can take a few extra steps to prevent hackers from getting into your computer, like keeping your businesses and personal accounts separate, use long passwords, password managers, turn on auto-updates and keep your systems up to date.

When it comes to "Zoom" meetings, Insko says it's a very safe platform. "Zoombombing" or hacking into people's meetings is most common with college lectures, but he says businesses should be prepared too.

"The meeting planner needs to be diligent to understand that this could happen to say hey look that's not appropriate, let's move on and be leery of phone numbers you don't know and vet the people in the waiting room before you move forward," Insko said.