Since 2004, when I first started PCR Business Systems (a Managed Information Technology Service Provider in Akron, Ohio), I’ve seen first-hand the lengths that hackers and scammers will go to in order to steal our money and disrupt our businesses. And I have seen the tragic consequences when they’ve succeeded.
Since the pandemic started in March, cyber criminals have only gotten worse. Hackers have been targeting individuals spending more time online at home, as well as unprepared businesses whose remote employees are not taking the proper steps to secure their networks and protect their work devices.
Before I go any further though, I would like to point something out. I see hundreds of doom and gloom articles and posts every week trying to scare me into clicking a link or purchasing a product or service. In the IT industry, much of these focus on work-from-home cybersecurity vulnerabilities and how there has been a surge in hackers targeting remote employees.
This is not one of those articles.
The purpose of me writing this article is to teach you how to look out for and fight back against hackers and scammers, and how to be proactive with your cybersecurity practices in order to protect your business and your work-from-home staff.