Digital Safety During COVID 19

COVID-19 Virus
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Keeping Your Digital World Safe During COVID 19

During this time of uncertainty and misinformation being spread, it is important to know how to keep yourself safe. IIT has pulled together information from trusted resources and compiled that information below to help you know what to do.

Kelvin Coleman, NCSA’s executive director has stated “…during times of national hardship, such as the coronavirus outbreak, bad actors increase their fraudulent activities. As such, we urge everyone to be extra vigilant against online scams, including phishing and malware, that are more prevalent in times like these.” Below are some tips for how to keep yourself safe.

Tips for Avoiding COVID 19 Scams

Keep Yourself Safe

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Don’t reveal personal or financial information in an email, and do not respond to email solicitations for this information. This includes following links sent in email.

Legitimate Email

If you are unsure whether an email request is legitimate, try to verify it by contacting the company directly. Contact the company using information provided on an account statement, not information provided in an email. Check out the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) to learn about known phishing attacks and/or report phishing.

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Keep a clean machine. Keep all software on internet-connected devices – including PCs, smartphones and tablets – up to date to reduce risk of infection from malware.

Legitimate Website

Pay attention to the website’s URL. Malicious websites may look identical to a legitimate site, but the URL may use a variation in spelling or a different domain.
(e.g., .com versus .net).

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Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.

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Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — online or in stores.

Working Remotely

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As more and more people are working remotely, a new set of challenges presents themselves. Everything from connecting remotely, to working on public networks, to dealing with family and children being near work equipment. Below is a linked document that covers ways you can keep yourself cyber safe when working from home.