Along with the physical infection of corona virus, a cyber infection is gripping the world. Cyber criminals around the world have ramped up their efforts to steal your valuables from you.
A rise in crimes
There has been a significant rise in cyber crimes in the last 3 months. We have seen an enormous rise in attacks which often come via email or sms.
In order to protect yourself from these attacks, you need to stay very alert and do your best to look carefully at all information being sent towards you. Here are the common ways attacks will try to steal your information.
You may get emails that are unusual during this time. People may email you
- Asking for money
- Requesting help because they are in the hospital
- Offering you free money if you help them with one small task
- Offering medical advice or cures on Covid-19
In almost all cases like these, you are being attacked with a scam, spoofing, or phishing attack. We call it a scam when it’s simply false information, someone is offering you money that they will never send you, but first, they will collect some of your money. We call it spoofing when someone is pretending to be someone you know, either your family, friends, or work colleagues. If you are surprised by a request someone you know is making you should carefully check the email and make sure it’s coming from their actual address. You can also call them on the phone to ensure the truth of their email. A phishing attack is when someone pretends to be a trusted organization, like your bank or hospital. They will send you a very official email looking exactly like your bank’s website and ask you to log in to verify some details. The safest thing to do is always search for the company yourself with google, then you can be sure to be using the correct website.
Many sms messages will also fall into the same categories that we just saw. You may see all kinds of false information or scams being sent to you, it’s always safest to simply delete these messages and do not respond.