By Burton Kelso, Integral Computer Consultants
Cyber criminals are always looking for ways to take advantage of people and the COVID-19 crisis is one of those opportunities. Be cautious since you may be spending more time online and with social media during this period of social distancing.
Remember 99% of Cybercrimes require your interaction. As long as you keep your devices updated and use adequate computer virus protection software, your technology devices should be safe from being hacked. Always use strong passwords and don’t give private information to people you don’t know.
Here is the list of scams to avoid.
- Phishing and Malware scams. Phishing and malware scams are the most common ways cybercriminals try to access your personal data. Phishing occurs when criminals send false emails or make phone calls pretending to be a trustworthy business to convince you to share your sensitive data such as passwords or credit card information. NEVER click on suspicious links in an email especially from unknown sources. Malware stands for malicious software which is designed to gain access to your computer and smart devices without your knowledge.
- Shopping Scams. Keep your eye on e-commerce websites, social media accounts, and emails from people and stores claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand. Supplies might include products such as hand sanitizer, toilet paper or surgical masks. When you make purchases from these fake stores, criminals will keep your money and you will likely never see the products you purchased.
- Charity scams. Whenever there is a crisis, you need to always watch out for individuals and companies asking for donations for people and groups affected by the coronavirus.
- Medical scams. Watch out for calls and emails from people pretending to be hospitals and medical professionals that have treated your friends and family for the coronavirus and demand payment for treating them. Standard hospital practices still apply during this crisis and payment information will be handled at the hospital.
- App scams. Apps are a popular way to infect smart devices like phones and tablets. Criminals are creating fake mobile apps that claim to track the spread of COVID-19. Once the app is downloaded to your device, it will install malware on your device which is designed to steal your personal information. Apple and Android Apps may be your best sources.
Make sure you keep track of the latest data breaches. Use different passwords on all of your online accounts and back up your critical information at home and work.
Contact Burton Kelso, Integral Computers for: On-site and Online Tech Support, Installation, Setup and Repair. Visit www.callintegralnow.com or phone at 888.256.0829.