Avoid COVID-19 Cyber Scams!

Organizations are relying on telecommuting and teleworking in order to continue operations while simultaneously helping contain the spread of COVID-19. Phishing attacks-collections of personal and/or financial information from individuals posing as representatives of a legitimate organization-are popping up; as the COVID-19 virus continues to affect communities nationwide, scams in the form of charitable solicitations for those affected are being reported. Below are some tips for defending against cyber scams:

  • Do not click on links or attachments in suspicious emails
  • Do not provide personal or financial information via email
  • Do not respond to suspicious emails
  • Check frequently for updates to your software and operating system
  • Review requirements for creating, using and changing passwords used to access devices and networks.
  • Use government websites for information and updates about COVID-19
  • Alert your organization’s network administrators and other appropriate personnel immediately if you suspect security breaches.
  • Check the validity of any charity asking for donations (https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0074-giving-charity)

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