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COVID-19 Cyber Security Threats

Be cautious when exploring COVID-19 resources.

COVID-19 has impacted the social, physical, and financial well-being of people around the world. While many are banding together to support one another, cyber-criminals are using this crisis to their advantage.

COVID-19 continues to affect the lives of Americans while cyber-criminals create fake email campaigns, dangerous malware, and replica websites imitating credible sources to lure individuals.

As the recorded cases of COVID-19 continue to increase, the phishing attempts of cyber-criminals will rise as well. We know it can be difficult to navigate this chaotic environment without the added obstacle of cyber-criminality, but we encourage you to take extra security precautions. To ensure your cyber-safety you can follow these steps when accessing the internet or working from home:

  • Only trust credible websites.

You can escape many of these threats by sticking to credible websites, such as the Centers for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.

  • Don’t trust COVID-19 emails.

We would also advise you to ignore emails concerning COVID-19 from sources you do not know. Especially those that request any personal information—such as your name and email—or ask you to click a link.

  • Enable multi-factor authentication.

Many of these criminals are seeking personal information to hack and compromise your accounts. By enabling multi-factor authentication with your phone or an alternative email address, you can stay a step ahead of the criminals. 

  • Increase your privacy with a VPN.

It is important to increase the security of your network if you are working from home by using a Virtual Protected Network (VPN). This creates an encrypted network on your PC, laptop, or cellphone, that increases the security of your device.

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