Keep your software and operating systems updates on your computer and mobile device. Updates help strengthen your device protection. Make sure that your passwords and authentications are strong and updated often as well.
When sharing your personal information or making any sort of donation to COVID-19 research or charity, use caution before committing. Make sure that you know who you are giving information or financial support to.
When in doubt, dig a little deeper to find out more information about an email, phone call, or anything at all that you come across that you are unsure about. It is better to be safe than sorry!
If you come into contact with a cyber-scam using COVID-19 as a ploy, let your friends, family, and coworkers know so that they do not fall victim!
Give Out Personal Information
Never give out your personal information such as your address, full name, banking information, or SSN through an unsolicited phone call or through an email from an unknown source.
If you receive an email from an unknown source, do not click any links in the email as they can contain computer viruses. Many phishing emails have adopted the COVID-19 pandemic as a strategy to send out malware attacks that appear to be offering health information, treatments, vaccines, benefits, and supplies.
Connect to Unsecure Networks
Network connection has been a new challenge while so many of us are working remotely due to COVID-19. Do not connect to public WiFi networks. They are open for public use, and while they may be convenient, they are the perfect place for your information to be exploited. Make sure that the network you are connecting to is secure.
Download Unknown Applications from the Internet
Sometimes it is easy to just click “download” when something pops up on your computer. Check with security professionals before downloading anything from the internet.