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Covid19: Cyber security threats and prevention tips

Submitted by admin on Mon, 05/04/2020 - 17:55

Where there are vulnerabilities, Cybercriminals see opportunities This is especially true in relation to #COVID19. Follow the following advice and learn how to protect yourself & #WashYourCyberHands.

Most common Cyberthreats:

 - Malicious domains & websites:

There are a considerable number of registered domains on the Internet that contain the terms: "coronavirus", "corona-virus", "covid19" and "covid-19".

While some are legitimate websites, cybercriminals are creating thousands of new sites every day to carry out spam campaigns, phishing or to spread malware.

Malware:

 Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the widespread global communications on the coronavirus to mask their activities. Malware, spyware and Trojans have been found embedded in interactive coronavirus maps and websites. Spam emails are also tricking users into clicking on links which download malware to their computers or mobile devices.

Prevention Tips & Advice:

With an increasing number of countries encouraging citizens to stay, learn or work from home, now is the moment to focus on cybersecurity, whether it’s for yourself or your workplace.

Keep your information safe

  •  Back up all your important files, and store them independently from your system (e.g. in the cloud, on an external drive);
  • Always verify you are on a company’s legitimate website before entering login details or sensitive information.

Check your software and systems

  • Ensure you have the latest anti-virus software installed on your computer and mobile devices;
  • Protect all online accounts using strong passwords(a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters) and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA);
  • Download mobile applications or any other software from trusted platforms only;
  • Perform regular health scans on your computers or mobile devices.

Be vigilant

  • Talk to your family −including children − about how to stay safe online ;
  • Regularly check and update the privacy settings on your social media accounts;
  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails which you were not expecting to receive, or come from an unknown sender.

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