May 26, 2020,
Coronavirus related Cybersecurity Threats:
What to watch out for
The coronavirus outbreak is causing a lot of anxiety, fear, and uncertainty among people. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are taking advantage of this situation to cash in using COVID-19-related schemes. They are not only developing scams to get access to personal, corporate, and financial data but also compromising security systems of both large and small organizations.
Luckily, you can protect yourself and your business from these threats by understanding and learning how to detect them. Here are some common cybersecurity threats you should watch out for.
1. Phishing schemes
Phishing scams are on the rise, and they use texts, emails, or other communications to lure in unsuspecting individuals to share their confidential information. They usually contain attachments or links that a user should click, downloading malware software onto your device.
For example, phishing emails use addresses of legitimate organizations, such as the CDC and World Health Organization, to gain your trust. To avoid such scams, don’t act on any email until you validate the address is genuine.
Additionally, implement cybersecurity training to make your staff aware of the best anti-phishing practices.
Downloading apps or files from the internet isn’t as safe as you might think. Hackers are now including malicious software on apps so that once you download them, it cuts off access to your computer, systems, or data.
You then have to make a payment to regain access to your system. But, you can protect your business from such schemes by utilizing cloud solutions to back up your data and files. This way, all your files are secure, and you can quickly recover them on another machine.
3. Fake government websites
Individuals and companies also need to watch out for fake websites that look like government sites. These websites ask for personal information, such as your social security number or credit card information to get access to coronavirus vaccines or the latest COVID-19 information.
Alternatively, other fake sites encourage you to login using your company’s credentials, endangering its security systems. Getting IT Support to identify, detect, and eliminate these cyber threats can protect your company from fake website scams.
Cybercriminals will continue using the coronavirus outbreak to profit from individuals and businesses. However, with quality IT Support, you can secure your system environment and find viable solutions to cybersecurity threats.
ETTE is happy to provide you with the security services you need to protect yourself or your business from cybersecurity threats.