Be Aware of COVID-19 Related Phishing Attacks and Other Cyber Threats

April 20th, 2020 by admin

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Cybersecurity is a significant concern at all times, but the need for increased vigilance has risen dramatically since the COVID-19 outbreak started. As more and more businesses switch to a remote workforce, hackers are using this time to prey upon the genuine fear of Americans. There has been a significant increase in COVID-19 related phishing attacks, which is putting companies and individuals at risk of having their sensitive information compromised. There are ways that businesses and employees can mitigate these risks.

Use a VPN

Using a VPN to log in to your business network will provide an added layer of security by encrypting network traffic. Encrypting your data will make it much more difficult for hackers to spy on business activity. However, please ensure that your VPN is from a reputable source as there have been VPN scams that have tricked businesses and employees into downloading malicious software.

Two-Factor Authentication

Make sure you and your employees have two-factor authentication enabled as this will provide additional protection. Two-factor authentication can utilize three different methods for the authentication method.

  • Knowledge: something that is known only to your employee, such as birthplace or favorite restaurant.
  • Possession: something that only the user possesses, such as a physical card, or a security token.
  • Inherence: a characteristic unique to the user, such a fingerprint or other biometric trait.

Using one of those three methods will ensure that if your username and password are compromised, your network will be secure as the hacker won't know the additional information unique to the user.

Avoid Using Personal Devices

While it may be tempting to use your personal devices for work purposes, please ensure that work-related tasks aren't completed with your own devices. There may be unknown malware on a personal device that you are unaware of, and that can compromise your business network.

Be Vigilant Against Phishing Scams

Hackers are always looking for ways to capitalize on our curiosity and fear. At a time like this, fear is at an all-time high. Don't click any links from emails, even if the email seems reputable. There have been cases where hackers utilized a World Health Organization (WHO) email to attempt a phishing scam.

At Technology Solutions, LLC, we are continuing to reach out to our customers to provide information and best practices. We have been working remotely using the same technology that we recommend to our customers. If you need help with transitioning to a remote workforce, it is not too late. Contact us today so we can begin the process of setting your company up with the tools to keep you efficient.

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