Our global team spends a lot of time online and our IT team keeps us (and our users) safe. We’re sharing this message they sent out with you because the last thing anyone needs right now, is to fall victim to an internet scam or cyber infection….Be sure to also check out Part 1,  Part 2  and Part 3 of our online security tips for COVID-19.

Online meeting applications are still a large target:

  1. Keep these apps up to date along with all other apps and operating systems.
  2. Set passwords for all meetings (old meetings may need to be recreated).
  3. Ensure your apps are up to date by using the ‘Check For Updates’ option.
  4. Follow best practices guidelines.  Here’s a guide to Zoom best practices.

COVID-19 phishing and app scams to watch out for:

  1. Active scams claim to ‘help’ you get your stimulus check, get more stimulus money or get a stimulus check even if you’re ineligible.  These scams often come via email, text, social media, phone or fax. Carefully review any communication related to the stimulus package.  Rely only on information from official sources.
  2. COVID-19 testing offer scams.
  3. COVID-19 directories of infections in your area scams.
  4. ‘Out of Work? We’re hiring!’ scams aim to get your personal info and/or collect a fee to help you find a job.
  5. Bogus offers for masks, gloves, toilet paper, ventilators, hand sanitiser, pasta, rice, beans, food delivery, COVID-19 detection tools, COVID-19 house/car/pet proofing. Simply say “No thank you, scammer!” to any unofficial offer of items that are in high demand. Buy from trusted vendors only and investigate any other offers thoroughly.
  6. There are plenty of new websites, communications and apps out there promising better information/details/help in regards to the pandemic. Many of them are scams. Stick to reliable, verified news sources and official application providers only.

Remember that unlike toilet paper, fear and anxiety are fully stocked right now and this only fuels scammers’ attempts, success and wallets. Beware of communication that triggers emotion!  Before you click always…take a step back, approach it slowly, assume it is not safe/real and prove that it is safe/real before engaging. Shuffle your feet to avoid the scams/stingrays that have always been out there (and are even more so now)!