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Pandemic has increased the risk of cyber attacks, as more people work from home

More people working from home means there are now hundreds of satellite offices
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Pandemic conditions have increased the threat of data breaches and cyber attacks, especially as a large chunk of the population is working from home.

More people working from home means there are now hundreds of satellite offices.

Allowing more targets for cyber criminals to access.

As employees deal with more emails, it increases the odds that they will inadvertently click on a phishing email.

Daniel Tobok the chief executive officer of Cytelligence said people need to change default passwords.

"Before it was 86 per cent of all connections at residences had a default username and a password for their routers. Today it's about 78 per cent, but unfortunately, the connections at home are very weak, the wi-fi password is weak, and literally an 11-year-old can figure it out on google in less than five minutes, so we are making it very easy for the bad guys."

Another way people can be susceptible to getting hacked is by posting personal things to social media, as it basically gives hackers the key to your information.

"The other day we dealt with a breach for a small company of 20 employees. The hackers got in because the owner of the company posted Fluffy, the cat's name, and everything he likes to do online. All his passwords had something to do with Fluffy, so that's how they got in," said Tobok.

He says we need to be cautious of what information we decide to share online because it's not just our friends and family that have eyes on what we post.

Tobok says at the end of the day it is up to us to protect our information.

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