The global health pandemic COVID-19 has caused a noticeable rise in cyber-attacks and phishing. With the majority of the South African workforce working from home due to the national lockdown and spending more time on the internet, it’s the most suitable time for hackers to access your private data; vigilance is vital. From your business correspondence to credit card information, you need to protect yours, and your customer’s sensitive data from these attacks. 

Many phishing attempts are via emails claiming to give COVID-19 updates, pop-ups and shady links that may appear when you enter sites that have been flagged as not secure by Google. Cybersecurity is crucial, and we have tips and tricks to avoid getting hacked during the national lockdown

  • Get a reliable email hosting provider

Free email hosts don’t work well for business communication. A professional email host for your company emails is necessary for credibility and safety. Our Pro Email for business is ad-free and safe to use among your team as well as external comms with clients or suppliers. 

  • Use a VPN when working remotely 

Non-essential service employees are working from home during the national lockdown, and this leaves your business data vulnerable to hacking. Using a VPN allows you to create a secure connection, especially when using public networks that can compromise your data security. 

  • SSL Certification 

If you don’t already have SSL Certification on your website, get it now on 1-grid. SSL certification encrypts your website data and protects sensitive information like credit card details from hackers. Google favours sites that have the SSL certification lock because it means they are verified and encrypted. 

  • Activate two-factor authentication

Use the two-factor authentication for emails, internet banking and any other site that contains sensitive information. Two-factor authentication gives you an added layer of safety and can be a security question, an OTP function linked to your phone, etc. 

  • Use strong passwords

Don’t use predictable passwords, instead use a password manager that can generate complicated passwords. Also, change your passwords regularly. From Dashlane to LastPass, pick your fighter. Most password managers also work on iOS and Android devices. 

 There are also other things to take note of when talking about cybersecurity. Don’t click on random links or enter websites that Google flags as not secure. Don’t open suspicious-looking emails or download attachments from dodgy email addresses. And keep a close eye on redirects.