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