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Protecting Your Network Against Phishing Scams During The COVID-19 Outbreak

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Capitalizing on our fears is nothing new for cybercriminals. While worries continue to mount in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, malicious people are taking advantage of the pandemic to get their hands on your sensitive business data.

Managing a remote workforce is challenging enough without having to deal with cybercrime. To help you and your staff stay safe during these unprecedented times, read on to learn how to protect your network against phishing scams.

Signs of a phishing scam   

COVID-19 themed scams are on the rise, from virus prevention treatments to information on financial support. But just like any other con, if an email sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The problem is that your inbox might be full of very legitimate coronavirus-related emails. So how are you to tell the sincere from the malicious variety? Fortunately, there are some telltale signs to watch out for.

  • You are asked to give out personal information
  • The URL and email address look suspicious
  • There is a questionable attachment
  • The email is creating a sense of urgency
  • The sender is asking for money
  • You are being directed to click on a link

If you have noticed any of these signs, chances are you have received phishing email.

How to avoid a phishing scam

Taking a proactive approach to fending off a phishing scam is the best way to avoid becoming a victim of cybercrime. Here are some common-sense steps to help protect your data.

  • Verify the sender’s email address
  • Inspect the domain address before clicking or tapping on it
  • Avoid downloading files from unfamiliar sources
  • Back up your data
  • Update your software
  • Install antivirus programs
  • Don’t open attachments such as PDFs or Word document files

Following the above suggestions will help you keep cybercriminals from gaining access to your corporate computer systems.

What to do if you have been scammed

No matter how many preventative procedures you have in place, your employees can fall victim to a phishing scam. If that does happen, there are some things you can do to mitigate the damage.

The first thing you should do is to disconnect the affected device from the business network. Once it is offline, change all the passwords linked to the compromised email account. Before you use the device again, scan for viruses or other malicious programs. To ensure your network is secure, contact your IT managed services provider.

Like the coronavirus, phishing scams aren’t going away anytime soon. But taking preventative action and partnering with an IT support team will help you stay safe and secure during the pandemic and beyond.

To learn how we can protect your network from phishing scams, contact us today!