The pandemic of COVID-19 and the imposed lockdown, has led to more people to be confined at home with many more hours to spend online each day and increasingly relying on the Internet to access services, they normally obtain offline.
The dangers of cyber-crime have been there for many years, but the increase in the percentage of the population connected to the Internet and the time spent online, combined with the sense of confinement and the anxiety and fear generated from the lockdown, have provided more opportunities for cybercriminals to take advantage of the situation and make more money or create disruption. It is important to note that some more vulnerable segments of the population, such as children need to spend more time online for services such as schooling. This seismic change in how we live our lives and use the Internet has prompted a proliferation of e-crimes.
The pandemic of COVID-19 and the imposed lockdown, has led to more people to be confined at home increasingly relying on the Internet.
Common cybercrime techniques, such as phishing, have seen a spike. Phishing is the fraudulent practice of inducing individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers through fake websites or emails.
- While it is true that these types of attacks have been common at other times and security recommendations addressing them are periodically disseminated, given the surge of cases detected in the wake of the COVID-19, i wanted to remind you of some key tips that will help you hamstring the cybercriminals:
- Confirm the origin of communications you receive.
- Only share proven information and use official sources in order to avoid inadvertently spreading scams, false information, and/or messages containing fraudulent links.
- Do not download or install programs from unofficial repositories.
- Do not provide medical or financial information unless it is via an official channel, confirmed by a competent authority.
- Remember, even with the best security technologies installed on your devices: You are the best defense