Covid related technology scams to be wary of  if you are remote worker

Regarding Covid related scams, the public is concerned, especially about fraud cases like Omri Shafran, Elisabeth Holmes and so on. Of course, the latter are high profile scammers, and you may not be affected. However, the pandemic brought new types of scammers operating in the same mode.

Here are examples of COVID related technology scams that you might encounter as well as advice on how to get you to protect against these scams before they happen.

You receive an email with the subject line:

“COVID-19 Update”

“Urgent Covic Update ” with a link that directs you to a supposed login page Microsoft, then asks you to connect to access essential information. This is a phishing scam email. The scammer wants your word password and steals your money and your identity. Such a scam can appear as if it came from an authority of recognized public health (or government office ) or even a colleague, friend, or member.

 An email with important information is sent as an attachment only and whose body contains little or no text is probably a scam. If a health organization wants to update you on important information relating to the COVID-19, it will just tell you in the body of the email where it will send you a letter by regular mail. Do not “click” on a link without you first being sure that this is a valid address.

Scammers are increasingly sophisticated and can create compelling emails that

urge them to act. Beware of emails or texts that you did not expect not to receive, mainly those that contain links and attachments from unknown senders or suspects. If you are not sure that a known person or company sent the email or text, contact this person or this company to ensure the message’s veracity.

Ransom virus infection to your computer  

You browse the Internet while you are on your company’s network and visit an unrecognized website that supposedly contains information related to COVID-19. You click on a link to this info, thus causing the infection of your business’s network by a ransom virus that makes your network and data business inaccessible. The virus also causes a failure of the network and your business systems.

Be careful when browsing the Internet and make sure that the Web is a legitimate and reliable source.

Pay attention to the domain name. Scammers can imitate well-known companies by bringing small changes to the company’s official name to trick you. Please recheck the address bar of the website to first make sure it’s accurate before visiting a website. In addition, before entering any information staff, make sure that the website is secure and that it uses encryption.

Never enter any personal information on unsecured websites. Some browsers, notably Google, Mozilla or Internet Explorer, can warn you against suspicious or insecure. Besides, legitimate businesses own professional websites having content that respects grammar. To mitigate attacks to your network, make sure also to have a detection system intrusion, anti-virus and anti-software flight in place and observe protocols regular backup.

Use only one secure wireless connection with software security and protection in place. Do not use open wireless networks or publicly accessible ones when you work on your laptop or anything else technological device.

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