Cyber scam warning amid COVID-19
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22 Sep COVID-19 Scam Alerts
in News by Taryn Porter
More people are online amid COVID-19 and scammers are taking advantage of it, pretending to be tech support by sending and infecting you system with fake virus scams. Stay up to date on the latest Corona virus scams! The Coronavirus outbreak has global attention and is a national emergency in the United States. Since cybercriminals prey on fear, we can expect to see more and more COVID-19 scams as the situation progresses.
Social media scams: Social media is a tool that cybercriminals use to distribute false information and capitalize on panic. If you’re looking for information on social media, visit trusted profiles like the CDC, World Health Organization, Federal Trade Commission, and the Better Business Bureau.
Phishing Scams: Emails impersonating the World Health Organization, the CDC, and other reputable sources may hit your inbox. Don’t click on emails impersonating these organizations. For accurate info, go straight to the source. Visit the World Health Organization and the CDC’s websites. If you’ve accidentally clicked on a phishing link, visit our recovery page on FraudSupport.org.
Malware: Fraudulent links can install malware on your device. If your computer has been infected by malware from a malicious link, visit our recovery page here.
Bookmark this page (cybercrimesupport.org/COVID-19-Scam-Alerts) and check back for updates.
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Coronavirus Map Malware: A fake map impersonating the Johns Hopkins world map installs malware on users’ computers upon clicking. This phishing link is malicious password-stealing. Find the real Johns Hopkins site. For malware recovery resources, visit us atFraudSupport.org.
Preventing phishing and virus attacks
Antivirus cant stop phishing attacks alone, because user click on links, doing so give permission to activate the virus.
But having a full Antivirus Security Program (not a free version) will help detect it and stop suspicious files and activity.
Your operating system (Windows, Mac, Android) will also need to patched and updated.
Your browsers will need to patched and updated.
Third part software will need to be patch and updated.
A backup and recovery plan needs to in placed and activated.
Unused software and apps need to be uninstalled.
Install a firewall
Secure your WiFI
Preventive OS maintenance
MOST IMPORTANTLY, educate your or user. Majority of time it's the user who allow the virus/malware to install
by clicking unknow links or install freeware.
Needing help seuring your systems, contact us