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SUMMER 2020 SECURITY SMART 2 For more information on staying safe online here at BSU or at home, contact security@bridgew.edu. How to Survive—and Thrive—While Working from Home As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, employees in many sectors are working from home for the first time. The adjustment can be challenging, to say the least. Below, business and technology journalist Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, who has been working full time from home for 30 years, shares his strategies for staying sane and productive. • Get out and walk. Sitting down all day long isn't good for your health, physical or mental. I walk for half an hour twice a day. • Keep regular business hours. There are two common time problems with working from home. The first is: "I'm at home, so I can watch TV, I can play World of Warcraft, I can…whoa, what time is it?" The other is: "I'm at work, and I must work all the time. I must… whoa, what time is it?" If you work 9 to 5 at the office, try to work 9 to 5 at home. • Stick to your diet. Snacks are so accessible, and no one is watching! Also, we all tend to eat more when we're under stress, and boy, are we ever stressed out these days. Try to eat healthy snacks. Your scale (and your work clothes, which you'll have to get back into eventually) will thank you. • Dress for work. You may be tempted to wear your jammies or your favorite T-shirt to work. Don't give in to this unless you habitually work in comfy clothes any- way. If you've always worn business attire, sweatpants and flip-flops won't feel like work to you, so keep wearing at least a modified version of your business clothes to get into the right frame of mind. • Set up a dedicated area for work. It can be as small as a cordoned-off section of your kitchen table. But scat- tering work across your home leads to scattered thought. • Make it clear to your family or roommates that when you're at work, you're at work, even when you're at home. You're not available—but you're not inaccessibly locked down either. Set your limits, but still pay attention to the others at home. After all, you talk to people at the office, right? • Get a comfortable chair. Unless you use a standing desk, you're going to be spending a lot of time in that chair. It's worth spending some real money on a good one. • Use your new home videoconfer- encing gear and IM software to talk to friends and family. I'm an introvert's introvert, but I still talk to my people on a regular basis. They help keep me together, and your folks will do the same for you—and vice versa. • Don't obsess over the news or check social media every five minutes. Strive not to give in to temptation. It won't help any, and it will probably add to your stress. You may never love working at home. It's great for me, but it's NOT, in big capital letters, for everyone. Still, if you follow my advice, you'll get good work done and come out on the other side with your wits still about you. ATTACKERS OFTEN IMPERSONATE celebrities on Twitter to post scam messages, usually using fake accounts with few followers. But on July 15, as part of a cryptocurrency scam, the Twitter accounts of Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Uber, Apple, and even Twitter's own official support account, among others, posted messages asking for donations via bitcoin, a cryptocurrency popular with scammers because lost funds can almost never be recovered. Because these rogue messages were posted from verified accounts, the scam appeared more credible and instantly reached hundreds of millions of users. It's estimated that the attackers earned around $120,000. Twitter responded by temporarily suspending the ability of all verified accounts to post new messages and immediately launched an investigation. The company issued a statement on July 18 saying it believed certain employees had been socially engineered by attackers who used those employees' credentials to access Twitter's internal systems and from there initiate password resets, log into the accounts, and send Tweets that appeared to be from the hacked celebrities. At this time, few details are available Valentin Russanov / Getty Images What Happened in the July Twitter Hack? from the investigation, so it's unclear what exactly Twitter means by socially engineered. The company could be referring to any one of a number of tried- and-true tactics that convince employees to let down their guard, due to a lapse in judgment or a lack of training, and unintentionally provide access to an attacker—for example, by opening a door to a restricted area to let someone in without first checking if they have an access card or company ID; plugging a USB stick that was mailed to them into their work computer to check what's on it; or clicking on a link in an email and inputting their username and password on a phishing site.

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