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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.

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