The Importance of Cybersecurity – Why Cybercriminals Are in Love With COVID-19.

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and throughout the month (and beyond) we will be sharing some helpful cyber tips to make you more #CyberAware and safe.

Did you know cybercriminals know that the best time to turn a phish into a catch is when life gets overwhelming?

They see COVID-19 as a gold mine. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume of fraudulent emails and text messages spiked by more than 667%. And as long as COVID sticks around, scammers will try to use it to their advantage.

What can you do?

Stay Informed:
You can stay current with the latest info on COVID-19 without getting scammed, you just need to be careful. Scammers have created hundreds of thousands of fake “COVID-19” phishing web sites. Make sure you visit only trusted websites such as the Center for Disease Control’s official site (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html), GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus), or your local county or state health department web sites.

If you’re unsure about a web site, you can always use this Google tool to see if it’s safe: https://transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search

Be A Little Sceptical:
Cybercriminals try to grab our attention with COVID-19-related phishing emails on subjects like these:

  • Contact tracing. “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19. Officials recommend you self-isolate and get tested. More at www.cdc.com/testing.”
  • Relief funds. “The FCC Financial Care Center is offering you $30,000 in COVID-19 relief. Claim at www.fcc.com/relief.”
  • Cures. “Amazing COVID cure discovered. There’s hope! Sign-up for the trial here: vaccine.covid.co/signup.”

Always be wary of emails and offers that are too good to be true. 

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  3. Look for the warning signs of someone trying to manipulate you. Dead giveaways include fake URLs, pressuring you to act immediately, urging you to click a hyperlink, or asking you to provide personal or financial information. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.

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