There has been a significant rise in online scams during Covid-19. So we thought now was a good time to remind people about online safety.
It may be obvious, but just to say many people are really stressed and anxious at the moment. This can result in people being distracted and as a result less vigilant about security. Staff might be working with new software, computer set ups that they are unfamiliar with, multiple distractions at home.
So, what do you need to look for to protect yourself from online scams during Covid-19?
Also, be extra careful of any email that purports to come from your GP, the NHS. There are lots of these that are genuine at the moment which you should read. So you need to think before you click. If in doubt don’t click on the link – navigate to the websites yourself.
So how can you protect yourself from online scams with Covid-19. Well the first way to be safe always starts with the basic security of IT.
Online Shopping and Online Scams During Covid-19
The lockdown has forced everyone to do more online shopping. What can you look for?
There has been an increase in ransomware. This is normally installed via a link – a link from an email or a website. Be extra vigilant before you click on a link. Remember that criminals are good at making an email look genuine. Just because it says it comes from someone you know, don’t assume it does. The email may look as though it comes from your boss, but have they just changed one letter in the email address?
Ramsomware will encrypt all of your data and then ask you to pay for the key to decrypt that data. If you have the data stored elsewhere you don’t need to pay. So TAKE BACKUPS and REMOVE THE BACKUP DEVICE FROM YOUR COMPUTER. I know, no need to shout Rebecca! It’s just that I know people don’t realise that ransomware will spread via all mapped drives, so it can go from your computer to your network drives, to your backup drives. So it’s no use taking a backup and leaving it connected to your computer. That will not protect you from ransomware.
Most important of all, be cautious. If in doubt, hesitate, check and if still in doubt do not proceed.