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    • Use a VPN when connecting to a public WI-FI. All office laptops should have the Avast Secure Line VPN installed for you to use as a VPN solution. Note that a VPN is not necessary when you are connected to your home network.
    • COVID-19 has created an surge in cyber security threats. Many malicious actors are trying to take advantage of the situation, from creating fake COVID-19 websites with malware that is targeting remote users to Coronavirus Stimulus package scams and phishing campaigns. Please be cautious of the sites you visit, and emails/calls you receive regarding the Corona Virus.

    Cyber Security News articles.

    Coronavirus Themed Phishing, Malware, and Ransomware on the Rise – ThreatWire

    Seal of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, 1789U.S. Department of the Treasury

    FBI issues warning about COVID-19 stimulus-package scams

    Security Tips.

    • Use strong passwords
    • Set up two-factor authentication
    • Use a VPN
    • Set up firewalls
    • Use an antivirus software
    • Secure your home router
    • Install updates regularly
    • Back up your data
    • Beware remote desktop tools
    • Look out for phishing emails and sites
    • Watch out for work-from-home scams
    • Use encrypted communications
    • Lock your device

    Data sharing and Data Access.

    • Do Not email any messages that contain user credentials, attachments that contain personal identifiable information such as W-2’s, Employment applications, etc… Email is not a secure form of communication.


    • If you need to setup an audio or video conference meeting, you may use either Zoom or Microsoft Teams. Zoom does offer a free account to sign up for but is limited to the following.

    Host up to 100 participants

    Unlimited 1 to 1 meetings

    40 mins limit on group meetings

    To sign up for an account go to and click on the “Sign Up” button. If you need more than 40 minutes for a meeting you will have to submit a request to upgrade to a Pro account by submitting a helpdesk ticket so that we can request a quote for your department. This may take a few days to add a Pro account due to the procurement process.

    Moreover, with our Office 365 services, Microsoft has an Audio/Video conferencing solution that is similar to Zoom. Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that has many features that help teams stay organized and have conversations—all in one place. However, I would recommend users only focus on using Teams’ communication features for now. This solution can be accessed using the Microsoft Teams app that will be pushed out to your device. You can also download the Teams app on your mobile device through the Apple or Play store Please use link below to watch a videos on how to use MS Teams as a communications solution.

    Microsoft Teams videos.

    Introduction to Microsoft Teams Chat

    Staff Microsoft Teams Video Conferencing

    Create instant meetings for remote work with Meet Now in Microsoft Teams

    How To Use Microsoft Teams Chat - Microsoft Teams Tutorial 2019

    Invite Anyone from Outside of Your Organizations to your Meeting | Microsoft Teams | Tutorial

    How to Host a Live Event | Live Events | Microsoft Teams | Tutorial

    How to Start Your Event | Live Events | Microsoft Teams | Tutorial

    Join a remote work meeting on the go in Microsoft Teams

    Email Tips