Digital Distancing 101

During the times of COVID-19, social distancing is not the only thing we need to worry about. With many people working from home, cyber crimes have been increasing during the pandemic. In order to stay safe from hackers, you’ll have to practice digital distancing.

Digital Distancing is cutting down the number of devices, networks, and servers your device interacts with. If you are working from home, make sure you only use your work computer for work. Keep work-related activities on a separate server only used for business. Do not use personal devices for work especially when dealing with sensitive data or information.

Zoom video conferencing has been very popular since the beginning of the pandemic. It’s crucial to practice digital distancing while socially distancing on Zoom. You can read our blog on Zoom bombing here.

It’s important to analyze your company’s entire IT infrastructure when thinking about digital distancing. The pandemic has led many businesses to cut back on budgets and services. However, with a rise in online activity attracting hackers, IT security should be a high priority. By working with IT professionals, you can secure your networks and come up with a digital distancing plan.

What are these hackers after anyways? Cybercriminals can steal your data or plant code that shuts down your system. They will hold your data for ransom until you pay them. Ransomware is disastrous for businesses and can cost you your entire business if you are not careful. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:
• Update anti-virus and anti-malware regularly
• Update devices
• Do not click or download email attachments from someone you don’t know
• Choose strong passwords
• Make sure your internet connection is secure

If you have any questions about digital distancing please reach out to the help desk or your account manager. Click here if you are interested in learning more about our managed IT services.