Stay Cyber-Healthy during COVID-19

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It is important to stay cyber-healthy, especially during COVID-19. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security offers the following tips to help Canadians stay cyber-healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. Beware of Unsolicited emails and texts

  • COVID-19-related phishing attempts are on the rise.
  • Cyber attackers try to trick you into clicking on links or attachments so they can infect your device or steal your data.
  • Be cautious if the tone of the message is urgent or threatening
  • Look for typos as they are often a sign of a phishing attempt
  • Don’t click on links or attachments from senders you don’t know
  • Use trusted anti-malware software

2. Beware of Fakes

  • Fake websites related to COVID-19 are popping up.
  • Cyber attackers are using fake websites, imitating health agencies or government departments, to spread disinformation or to scam people.
  • Check web addresses for spelling mistakes
  • Navigate to the page using a search engine instead of clicking on a provided link
  • Don’t submit login credentials or credit card details unless you are sure the web page is legitimate
3. Working from Home
  • Secure your home wireless router with strong passphrases
  • Do not let family members or others use your telework account
  • Turn off Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when not in use
  • Use trusted anti-malware software
  • Report suspicious activity to your IT security team immediately

General Tips

  • Create passphrases: strings of words are stronger than passwords and easier to remember
  • Install software updates right away as they often contain security patches
  • Use multi-factor authentication to unlock your device like a PIN and a fingerprint
  • Store your data securely: back up your crucial data and know how to retrieve it
  • Secure your social media and email accounts: apply all the security and privacy settings

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Word of the day:

Unsolicited (Adjective)

    1. not asked for; given or done voluntarily.

      • Eg: The flyers in his mailbox is unsolicited.