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Try to avoid using personal computers, tablets, and cellphones for work-related matters. If you have children, do your best to not share devices and do not download movies, music, and other non-essential software on your work computer. These simple steps may help you avoid unwanted malware.
It is important to start your kid’s cybersecurity hygiene early. Your kid’s passwords matter just as much as yours do, so remind them of good passwords habits. Do not share passwords and use standard password guidelines. Additionally, remind them to not share information online for example, last name, address, phone number, name of schools, and photos of any kind.
Scammers are impersonating credit unions on Instagram. These bad actors are creating fake profiles on Instagram that contain financial institutions’ names, logos and links to their websites along with mentions of COVID-19. They send direct messages (DM) to followers to inform them that they have been selected for a cash prize. Source: Phish Labs team revealed to Security Boulevard
Scammers are impersonating an HR and payroll services company informing employees of a change to payroll policy due to COVID-19. In an attempt to steal credentials, scammers send a convincing email with a sense of urgency to complete information in order to not cause interruption to payroll processing. Included is a link to a fake HR and payroll services website with a landing page replicating the company’s payroll landing page. Falling victim to this attack results in compromised sensitive employee information.
Scammers are taking advantage of the increase in people working from home and the use of video conferencing tools such as Zoom, Microsoft Team and Blue Jeans. The NCSC and CISA have reported phishing emails with attachments using these remote work platform names to trick users into downloading malicious files. Some examples of reported phishing emails include ‘microsoft-teams_V#mu#D_##########.exe’ and ‘zoom-us-zoom_##########.exe’. It is important to remain vigilant when clicking links and downloading files. Be wary of file names that include strange character stings and investigate the legitimacy of a link by hovering your cursor over it to reveal the URL destination without clicking on it.
Many have reported receiving text messages related to being exposed to COVID-19. The messages have been reported to say: “Someone who came in contact with you has tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19.” They then recommend you get tested for COVID 19. The link is not from an official organization and is a phishing attempt to get your personal information.
The Federal Trade Commission says they have received more than 25,000 complaints about COVID-19 fraud since the beginning of this year. Remember to always go to a trusted source for information about COVID 19.
Companies commonly use an enterprise virtual private network (VPN) solution to connect remote employees to their organization’s IT network. An increase in vulnerabilities are being found and targeted by malicious cyber actors during the current Coronavirus situation. It is vital to keep VPNs, network infrastructure devices, and devices being used to connect into work environments up-to-date with the latest software patches and cybersecurity configurations.
Ensure you have good VPN security hygiene with these helpful articles from Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Understanding Patches and Securing Network Infrastructure Devices.
In this special edition of Tom’s Tek Tips, we will focus on risk. With the current situation related to COVID-19 there are a host of scammers trying to take advantage of people and the situation. Some old tricks, some new. My hope is that these tips will keep you cyber safe during these unprecedented times.
Be on the lookout for anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19. Counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. You can get more information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE at www.cdc.gov/niosh or on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov . If you need PPE try to source it from reputable companies or someone you have done business within the past.