Cyber Safe at Home Malaysia will continue imposing the recovery phase of "Movement Control Order" measures to contain the COVID-19 till Dec. 31 that means MORE people are getting online now – be it for business, education, entertainment, socialising or working from home due to the pandemic. As remote working brings new opportunities, it also brings new challenges. Nevertheless, the higher usage of technology also means bigger risks of running into cyber threats. COVID-19 has changed the landscape and remains the top-of-mind concern for individuals, organizations, and governments around the world. Here are some tips to stay safe from cyber-attacks when at home. Switch off Alexa, Apple HomePod, Google Home or anywhere you are working. Be careful when discussing confidential information if you use a smart home device - they may be listening and recording conversations. Keep devices off while working and update device privacy settings to allow you to delete conversations easily. Master the tech you use - not muting yourself is the new hitting reply all. If video conferencing is new to you, give it a test with a colleague before going live with others. As example, collaboration platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Slack or Skype users, there are many bite-sized trainings available on YouTube page to get you on the fast track to becoming an expert. Poor connection while video conferencing? Turn the cameras off. Video conferencing is a great tool but can overload the network easily so consider having the camera feature on at the start of a meeting, and then switching to audio only to preserve bandwidth and improve the quality of your connection. Get creative with meeting start times. Avoid scheduling all your meetings on the hour to preserve bandwidth – consider moving your team check in to start at 9:05 instead of 9:00. Beware of any external tools that not recommended by your employer as they pose serious privacy and security risks. Always leverage on your company tools. Choose a trusted application for audio/video calling and file sharing that ensures end-to-end encryption. Some company have access to a suite of collaborative, cloud-enabled Office 365 tools that make it easy for their employee to stay in touch with colleagues, clients, candidates and other partners: both Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Skype for Business provide safe and secure solutions for web conferencing. Lastly, be alert to links and attachments, especially from unknown senders. Use multi-factor authentication (MFA) on all accounts. Now, most online services provide a way to use your mobile device or other methods to protect your accounts in this way. You can also ask IT Manager on how to recognize phishing attempts and report suspected encounters, including watching out for spelling and bad grammar, and suspicious links and attachments from people you do not know. 2 Sept 2020Posted by:Nadhirah Afiqah - Marketing Assistant
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How to Use Social Channels in Your Job Search
With so much time we spend on social media and our increased usage of this platform for news and other information, it's not surprising that many of us rely on social media ads as a key new way to find jobs. Job hunting through social media can take place on any platform but LinkedIn may be the first social network most people think of when it comes to a career change. However, Facebook has come up with a job board feature, where companies can post jobs directly to their company page or a specific job pages. Job seekers can apply to the jobs immediately through Facebook. So it means that branding can take place on any platform, from Facebook, to Instagram, to Twitter and many more.For job seekers, here are tips to maximize positive exposure through strategically using social media channels.Complete A Social Media AuditFirst, are your social media profiles public or private? You should scan of your social media footprint and take note of all the places where you show up. Do you post content that shows your talents or interests? These are questions you should have in mind when you start digging through your online presence. Consider what your social media profiles say about you to someone who has never met you and if you are satisfied with the picture it portrays.Optimize Your ProfilesNext, take action. You may want to make certain profiles private, create secondary accounts or start purposefully sharing content that matches the job you are seeking. As an example, for Facebook and LinkedIn, you’ll have to fix all incorrect information about yourself before applying, as your application pulls information from your profile.Remember to use keywords in your profiles that might be used by recruiters who are searching for suitable candidates for their openings.For example, if you are a developer, mention the names of languages you are familiar with. Share links to projects or portfolios that you may have online. Reach Out To Others – When RelevantWhat’s the etiquette for social media messages regarding a job search? It’s no different than using any other channel. A personal message to someone who can help make a connection or introduction can be of great value– as long as it’s relevant and doesn’t come across as spam. Do your research prior to firing off a direct message to show that you’re interested in talking to this person specifically, rather than spamming your network.Grow Professionally Using Social MediaWhether a job search is active or passive, social media can always be leveraged to grow, learn and make ongoing connections. For example, YouTube is a trove of tutorial videos that can teach coding skills, networking tips and countless other important career skills. There is always time to watch cat videos but remember to leverage on the unprecedented opportunity that the internet has brought to the world. Instead of wasting time on social media, use it for your professional advantage.Social media is just one tool in a job search. Don’t only post or tweet at the expense of networking, polishing your resume and developing your career. Combining traditional career advancement with social media can accelerate your job growth.