Staying cyber-healthy during COVID-19

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Cyber attackers take advantage of high-profile events, particularly those that cause worry and concern.


Beware of unsolicited emails and texts

COVID-19-related phishing attempts are on the rise.

Cyber attackers try to trick you into clicking on links or attachments so they can infect your device or steal your data.

  • Be cautious if the tone of the message is urgent or threatening
  • Look for typos as they are often a sign of a phishing attempt
  • Don’t click on links or attachments from senders you don’t know
  • Use trusted anti-malware software

Beware of fakes

Fake websites related to COVID-19 are popping up.

Cyber attackers are using fake websites, imitating health agencies or government departments, to spread disinformation or to scam people.

  • Check web addresses for spelling mistakes
  • Navigate to the page using a search engine instead of clicking on a provided link
  • Don’t submit login credentials or credit card details unless you are sure the web page is legitimate

Working from home

Cyber attackers are looking to exploit teleworking connections, because so many people are now working outside their organizations’ IT security perimeters.

  • Secure your home wireless router with strong passphrases
  • Do not let family members or others use your telework account
  • Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when not in use
  • Use trusted anti-malware software
  • Report suspicious activity to your IT security team immediately

Attention: health workers

Good cyber hygiene is extra important for health workers right now.

  • Cyber criminals are likely to exploit the extra pressure on health organizations
  • Hackers are likely to try to steal sensitive data and research related to COVID-19

General tips

Now is the perfect time to up your overall cyber hygiene game.

  • Create passphrases: strings of words are stronger than passwords and easier to remember
  • Install software updates right away as they often contain security patches
  • Use multi-factor authentication to unlock your device like a PIN and a fingerprint
  • Store your data securely: back up your crucial data and know how to retrieve it
  • Secure your social media and email accounts: apply all the security and privacy settings

Learn more

These tips are a great place to start. For more information visit: Information and Guidance

For more information on covid-19 visit or call 1-833-784-4397

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