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Many things have changed as a result of Covid-19, including the Freelance and Online job market. If you are a freelancer or Digital marketer or a remote worker, it is critical that you remember a few cyber safety tips in order to avoid scams and protect your personal information online.

  • Educate yourself on the most recent recruitment scams and how cybercriminals may be taking advantage of online job seekers.
  • When you start looking online, you will most likely start receiving a lot of emails. Keep an eye out for phishing emails purporting to be from recruiters. They would love to obtain your personal information in order to steal your identity. Do not click on any links that come from unknown or unsolicited sources.
  • Many businesses require you to create an account with them in order for them to save your profile for future opportunities. Make strong, one-of-a-kind passwords for each account.
  • When two-factor authentication is available, use it. The last thing you need right now is for your identity to be stolen.
  • Never send your social security number or bank account information unless you have been hired, and only do so in a secure manner (like over the phone or in person).
  • Make a clean sweep of your social media accounts. Employers nowadays look at them. Will what they see impress or frighten them?
 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:05 pm
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Staying Safe

Working remotely may be an option for some, but cyber security should be a consideration for every remote employee. Working from home means fewer security precautions and a higher risk of cybercrime. Here are five recommendations for safe remote working while we deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:07 pm
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  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.
 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:08 pm
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5. Online safety for children:

If you are a parent, there is a good chance you work remotely while caring for your children. Keep in mind that they are on the same network as you. If they are not safe, their actions may jeopardize your security.

a. Make certain that parental controls are in place so that they do not have the authority to download any app.

b. Teach them not to share any personal information while playing a game that allows for in-game chatting.

c. Show them how to create strong passwords if they need to log in.

d. Teach them to be wary of unusual activity so that they can immediately report it to you.

 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:10 pm
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Staying Safe in a Post COVID-19 World

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) brings out both the best and worst in people. Criminals are just waiting to take advantage of a bad situation. There have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related domains registered globally. These sites are 50% more likely to be malicious than other domains.

 

Criminals will try and appeal to your emotions during this pandemic, especially fear and panic. With this in mind, we want to make sure you have the information and tips to stay safe online during this time:

  • Be wary of phishing emails purporting to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). For the most up-to-date information on the Coronavirus, consult official sources. When searching or googling the pandemic, be wary of websites and maps of disease spread.
  • Do not open attachments or click on hyperlinks in emails you did not expect or for which you cannot verify the sender.
  • Be especially cautious of Vaccination emails and report any fake or impersonating emails to these organizations.
  • Before donating money or providing personal information to any charity, do your homework. There have already been reports of bogus charities claiming to be in need of funds to find a cure or assist victims.
  • Poor grammar, hyperlinks that do not correspond to the actual URL, and spelling errors
  • Phishing makes use of poor grammar, hyperlinks that do not match the real URL, spelling mistakes, attachments, threats, no logo or an extreme sense of urgency are signs of phishing.
 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:11 pm
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How to Avoid Online Scams

Because of the current economic climate, everyone is more wary than ever of scams, whether online or by mail. Here are few categories of scams to be wary of.

 

  • Robocalls: Have you recently received an increase in automated phone calls requesting your social security number, coronavirus symptoms, or treatments? Keep an eye out. Scammers are robocalling people in order to obtain personal information. In this case, the best thing to do is to hang up. No numbers should be pressed.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) scams: As previously stated, the WHO is one of the most impersonated authorities right now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to make headlines around the world. The majority of these impersonations take the form of emails that contain corrupted links that, if clicked, can steal your personal information such as credentials.
 
Posted : 10/09/2021 12:12 pm
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However brother if we are on a website like Upwork, we have a gig there means we are working as a freelancer, there are very few chances that we will get scammed as their website already has alot of features for protecting freelancers.

 
Posted : 16/09/2021 12:32 pm
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Posted by: @retrocanvas

Staying Safe

Working remotely may be an option for some, but cyber security should be a consideration for every remote employee. Working from home means fewer security precautions and a higher risk of cybercrime. Here are five recommendations for safe remote working while we deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Brother on this forum, I have seen many posts in which forum members talked about cyber security, can you tell what it is?

 
Posted : 16/09/2021 12:34 pm
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Posted by: @retrocanvas
  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.

Brother definitely, no doubt VPN can be a way very great way of protection ourselves from getting the information we have stored in our device get leak but also we have to pay for using VPNs you mentioned.

 
Posted : 16/09/2021 12:35 pm
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Posted by: @retrocanvas

How to Avoid Online Scams

Because of the current economic climate, everyone is more wary than ever of scams, whether online or by mail. Here are few categories of scams to be wary of.

 

  • Robocalls: Have you recently received an increase in automated phone calls requesting your social security number, coronavirus symptoms, or treatments? Keep an eye out. Scammers are robocalling people in order to obtain personal information. In this case, the best thing to do is to hang up. No numbers should be pressed.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) scams: As previously stated, the WHO is one of the most impersonated authorities right now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to make headlines around the world. The majority of these impersonations take the form of emails that contain corrupted links that, if clicked, can steal your personal information such as credentials.

Brother actually I received some emails about my personal information so I can stay avoid from Covid, but I knew it is not a message by a professional neither it is a marketing one, so I ignored it.

 
Posted : 16/09/2021 12:36 pm
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Posted by: @muhammad-aown
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Staying Safe

Working remotely may be an option for some, but cyber security should be a consideration for every remote employee. Working from home means fewer security precautions and a higher risk of cybercrime. Here are five recommendations for safe remote working while we deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Brother on this forum, I have seen many posts in which forum members talked about cyber security, can you tell what it is?

Cybersecurity means a wide range of things depending on the context it is spoken in.

 

But generally, it simply means taking all the necessary steps to staying safe online and preventing Hackers, Scammers and unwanted people from accessing your data or your company’s data.

 
Posted : 20/09/2021 7:07 pm
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Posted by: @muhammad-aown
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  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.

Brother definitely, no doubt VPN can be a way very great way of protection ourselves from getting the information we have stored in our device get leak but also we have to pay for using VPNs you mentioned.

It is advisable to use a paid VPN  instead of a free one because creating a VPN is very expensive.

IF you use a free vpn it may be leaking or selling your data in order to make money for offering you free versions.

 

 
Posted : 20/09/2021 7:10 pm
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  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.

Brother definitely, no doubt VPN can be a way very great way of protection ourselves from getting the information we have stored in our device get leak but also we have to pay for using VPNs you mentioned.

Even if you are using a free VPN use trusted one from a reputable company. Or a Trial period from reputable company 

 
Posted : 20/09/2021 7:11 pm
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Posted by: @muhammad-aown
Posted by: @retrocanvas

How to Avoid Online Scams

Because of the current economic climate, everyone is more wary than ever of scams, whether online or by mail. Here are few categories of scams to be wary of.

 

  • Robocalls: Have you recently received an increase in automated phone calls requesting your social security number, coronavirus symptoms, or treatments? Keep an eye out. Scammers are robocalling people in order to obtain personal information. In this case, the best thing to do is to hang up. No numbers should be pressed.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) scams: As previously stated, the WHO is one of the most impersonated authorities right now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to make headlines around the world. The majority of these impersonations take the form of emails that contain corrupted links that, if clicked, can steal your personal information such as credentials.

Brother actually I received some emails about my personal information so I can stay avoid from Covid, but I knew it is not a message by a professional neither it is a marketing one, so I ignored it.

Great job! Please be ignoring those type of companies. 

Don’t click any link or number in those type of emails.

 
Posted : 20/09/2021 7:13 pm
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Posted by: @muhammad-aown

However brother if we are on a website like Upwork, we have a gig there means we are working as a freelancer, there are very few chances that we will get scammed as their website already has alot of features for protecting freelancers.

It is still possible oo! Because some people might trick you into sending them money before they award you a project.

 
Posted : 20/09/2021 7:14 pm
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How to Avoid Online Scams

Because of the current economic climate, everyone is more wary than ever of scams, whether online or by mail. Here are few categories of scams to be wary of.

 

  • Robocalls: Have you recently received an increase in automated phone calls requesting your social security number, coronavirus symptoms, or treatments? Keep an eye out. Scammers are robocalling people in order to obtain personal information. In this case, the best thing to do is to hang up. No numbers should be pressed.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) scams: As previously stated, the WHO is one of the most impersonated authorities right now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to make headlines around the world. The majority of these impersonations take the form of emails that contain corrupted links that, if clicked, can steal your personal information such as credentials.

Brother actually I received some emails about my personal information so I can stay avoid from Covid, but I knew it is not a message by a professional neither it is a marketing one, so I ignored it.

Great job! Please be ignoring those type of companies. 

Don’t click any link or number in those type of emails.

Yes, we must have to avoid that because they can also hack our personal information too.

 
Posted : 29/11/2021 5:23 am
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Posted by: @retrocanvas
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Staying Safe

Working remotely may be an option for some, but cyber security should be a consideration for every remote employee. Working from home means fewer security precautions and a higher risk of cybercrime. Here are five recommendations for safe remote working while we deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Brother on this forum, I have seen many posts in which forum members talked about cyber security, can you tell what it is?

Cybersecurity means a wide range of things depending on the context it is spoken in.

 

But generally, it simply means taking all the necessary steps to staying safe online and preventing Hackers, Scammers and unwanted people from accessing your data or your company’s data.

So overall it means providing security to our online data.

 
Posted : 12/12/2021 12:08 pm
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Posted by: @retrocanvas
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  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.

Brother definitely, no doubt VPN can be a way very great way of protection ourselves from getting the information we have stored in our device get leak but also we have to pay for using VPNs you mentioned.

It is advisable to use a paid VPN  instead of a free one because creating a VPN is very expensive.

IF you use a free vpn it may be leaking or selling your data in order to make money for offering you free versions.

 

Brother, but i don't have money so i can use paid VPN, that's why i use free one.

 
Posted : 12/12/2021 12:10 pm
Muhammad aown
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Posted by: @retrocanvas
Posted by: @muhammad-aown
Posted by: @retrocanvas
  1. Virtual Private Network (VPN): While your internet connection is most likely password-protected, having a VPN such as PureVpn,NordVPN adds an extra layer of security.
  2. Multi-factor authentication (MFA): use MFA as an additional security layer. When you try to log in to a portal, a code is sent to your smartphone as an example of multi-factor authentication.
  3. Attempts at phishing: Keep an eye out for urgent subject lines, grammar mistakes, and unusual email addresses and report them. Always speak up if something doesn't feel right.
  4. Data storage: Try to keep the amount of data stored on your local hard drive to a minimum. Use a cloud or remote server whenever possible. Local data storage is easier to compromise than cloud storage.

Brother definitely, no doubt VPN can be a way very great way of protection ourselves from getting the information we have stored in our device get leak but also we have to pay for using VPNs you mentioned.

Even if you are using a free VPN use trusted one from a reputable company. Or a Trial period from reputable company 

Brother using trial for paid VPN requires credit card details so I don't try it.

 
Posted : 12/12/2021 12:18 pm
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Posted by: @retrocanvas
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How to Avoid Online Scams

Because of the current economic climate, everyone is more wary than ever of scams, whether online or by mail. Here are few categories of scams to be wary of.

 

  • Robocalls: Have you recently received an increase in automated phone calls requesting your social security number, coronavirus symptoms, or treatments? Keep an eye out. Scammers are robocalling people in order to obtain personal information. In this case, the best thing to do is to hang up. No numbers should be pressed.
  • World Health Organization (WHO) scams: As previously stated, the WHO is one of the most impersonated authorities right now, as the coronavirus outbreak continues to make headlines around the world. The majority of these impersonations take the form of emails that contain corrupted links that, if clicked, can steal your personal information such as credentials.

Brother actually I received some emails about my personal information so I can stay avoid from Covid, but I knew it is not a message by a professional neither it is a marketing one, so I ignored it.

Great job! Please be ignoring those type of companies. 

Don’t click any link or number in those type of emails.

But people new to online business often fall to these types of scam emails.

 
Posted : 12/12/2021 12:20 pm
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