Straight from an Expert: Mark Lanterman, Chief Technology Officer of Computer Forensic Services
More time working from home means greater susceptibility to cybercriminals’ tricks and schemes, schemes which often involve offering free or too-cheap-to-be-true pirated movies, television and sports.
Now that we’re working from home more than ever, we are now offering cybercriminals a brand-new target. A target that is not as hardened as many corporate targets.
Working from home, we’re often relaxed, we’re in our element, we’re in our safety zone. And cybercriminals are aware of that and they’re willing and able to take advantage of that new-found weakness in our armor.
What you need to remember is ‘hackers need our help’ and the way they get our help is by tricking us into clicking or opening files or links. Much of this purportedly “free” content contains malware. It contains backdoors that allow cybercriminals into your computers and into our lives.
If something seems out of the ordinary, it’s because it is. Think before you click. Nothing is free and the price you pay is your security and perhaps your safety.