April 2020 Security Awareness

With the current challenges we’re facing, and the fact that many of us are working remotely now, hackers are busier than ever. Acknowledging the surge in reported fraud attempts, this update is focused on COVID-19 threats.

  • Only give out personal information if you explicitly trust the source.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no, and remember, if you didn’t ask for it, delete it.
  • Ignore social media, get your news from reliable sources like:

https://www.canada.ca  |  https://www.who.int/
http://www.bccdc.ca  |  https://www.cbc.ca/news

Be extra cautious of these common threats.

1. Home Test Kits or Free Masks 
This could be a phone call, email or text message like below.
They will try to lure you into giving up personal information or sending money.

2. Companies offering services using fear.
This could be either an actual companies exploiting fear or someone pretending to be a legitimate company.

  • Cleaning/Heating companies offering to clean ducts or offer filters that protect you from the virus.
  • Fake ads offering hand sanitizers, miracle cures or vaccinations.
  • Someone pretending to be gas or electric company threatening to cut services if you don’t pay.
  • Someone pretending to be CDC offering lists of infected people in your area.
  • Financial advisors offering loans or investment advice on virus impacted stocks.
  • Fake online companies offering free services. Always check the actual company website first.

3. Faked texts, phone calls or emails offering stimulus payments.
As our governments put together programs these type of fake offers will increase.
Your only source for government information should be: https://www.canada.ca/

4. Fake emails or texts from WHO.
Always check https://www.who.int/ for accurate information.

5. Emails that appear to come from your company.
These may be asking you to confirm your login information or download or open a link to a procedure or policy document. Always check with your IT Dept or Management first.