Hackers have been waging war on companies, governments, and even the World Health Organization attempting to steal your credentials and attack your computer. They commonly use phishing attacks sent via email with very believable website domain names.
To do this, hackers have registered:
- Over 4000 websites with the words Covid and Coronavirus in their name
- Over 1700 hacking websites with the word “Zoom” (in the last 7 days alone)
Email Security Best Practices
We all must be hyper-vigilant with our email.
- Do not click any links in an email you did not expect.
- Emails with Links to websites with COVID or Zoom in particular should never be trusted!
- When searching for information on COVID19 or Coronavirus, always use Google Search engine (they are weeding out malicious websites as fast as they can).
- Even still, only visit reputable websites for your information sources.
- Generically addressed emails is a red flag.
- Spelling, grammar, and punctuation mistakes are a red flag.
- Attachments in an email are a red flag. Never open them unless you requested the file be sent to you.
- Unexpected emails are a red flag.
- If you are prompted for your email credentials after clicking a legitimate-looking website link do not enter them. This is a favorite tactic hackers use to breach and enter your Email Account.
- Never give out personal or financial information via email.
- Verify a Charity’s Authenticity before making a donation.
- Do not allow family to use your work computer.