As you have probably observed, the news has been dominated by Coronavirus. Unfortunately, cyber scum often use these global events and the associated interest, fear or confusion to their advantage; launching phishing campaigns or other attacks. Phishers know that during times like this, people become desperate for more information.
We have seen a documented rise in phishing emails as cybercriminals capitalize on fears of a global health emergency by claiming to offer health advise.
Please be aware that internet scum are going to exploit these news events in a number of ways, so remind your family, business organizations and colleagues to be very careful with anything related to these events: emails, attachments, any social media, texts on your phone – anything.
Protect yourself by remaining vigilant when reviewing emails related to these topics and stick to the basics of cyber hygiene practices.
- Think before you download an attachment or click on a link on any message but especially from someone you do not know.
- Confirm that the sender’s email is valid and spelled correctly.
- Trust your gut
Remember – Think Before You Click
Tim Palmer is the Managing Director at CyberSafe 360, LLC. CyberSafe 360 is a full-service, cybersecurity solutions firm catering exclusively to small and mid-size businesses (SMBs). We exist to make IT security solutions understandable, attainable, and affordable. Tim lives in Wheaton, Il.