KnowBe4, our partner in cybersecurity, have provided suggestions and resources for keeping your accounts safe in these uncertain times. This post, and the next several in this series, are taken directly from their website.
Watch out for scams!
After global phenomena, natural disasters or pandemics like COVID-19 occur, there is often an increase of opportunistic criminal activity on the internet. The bad guys are preying on your fear and sending all sorts of scams related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Remain cautious! Protect yourself from scams like this:
Never click on links or open attachments from an email that you werenʼt expecting.
If you receive a suspicious email that appears to come from an official organization such as the WHO or the South African Department of Health, report the email to ITS to double check. Use the Phish Alert Button in your email to report the message. Don’t see the Phish Alert Button? Forward the message to email@example.com.
If you want to make a charitable donation, go to the charity website of your choice to submit your payment. Type the charityʼs web address in your browser instead of clicking on any links in emails or other messages.
Finally, donʼt trust anyone knocking on your door, dressed up as a health official wanting to perform COVID-19 tests – they are just out to rob you!
And, contact the ITS Help Desk (717-361-3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions about your cybersecurity. Be well!
Information from KnowBe4: 248_-_Scam_Alert_Coronavirus_-_ENGB_210x700mm_V1 (1).pdf.