Of all the things on your mind throughout this unprecedented pandemic, your cyber security has probably not been at the top of your list. But maybe there is more reason to give it consideration than you may think.

National Cybersecurity officials are warning that hackers and criminals are identifying new and specific opportunities to take advantage of COVID-19 by exploiting new trends toward online business, virtual communication and work-from-home solutions.

These cyber criminals are looking at the international anxiety and identifying ways to leverage it through malicious activity.

Cyber security is constantly transforming due to the rapid change of both attackers and defenders. And with the current pandemic, individuals and businesses may be at more risk than ever.

Without the protection of cyber insurance, your personal information, ranging from social media platforms to bank accounts, is at risk of abduction.

What to look out for:

There has been an increase in fraudulent link and attachment sends through email, social media, and text. The hackers attempt to disguise the malicious content as tools or information regarding coronavirus updates. Due to the populations’ unfamiliarity with current events, and the unprecedented nature of these circumstances, it is not surprising that more individuals are susceptible to falling prey. Vulnerable individuals simply do not know what to watch out for.

There are two major ways your digital safety can be threatened:

  1. A breach in remote access, hacking into private databases and networks
  2. Phishing scams used to get private or personal information

As the COVID-19 outbreak forces more businesses to convert to a work-from-home model, many organizations find themselves in increased danger from hackers and cyber scammers.

Some examples include disguising content as:

  • Tools associated with Zoom, Google, Skype or Microsoft
  • Work from home softwares or solutions
  • News and articles about the COVID-19 outbreak
  • Remote networks associated with offices and workplaces
  • False report from hospitals or medical clinics telling an individual they have come in contact with a COVID positive patient
  • Medical record requests or reports from any medical facility you have not received care from.

It’s time to be more vigilant in your awareness of ongoing cyber threats and your own online activity. Be cautious with your private information, and exercise safety when going online.

As a business working to help you protect what matters, we want to share relevant and pertinent information for your world throughout COVID-19. Something that has come up with Henry clients is an increased need for Cyber Security. With most of our world moved to the internet, we’re at heightened risk. Make sure your digital access is secure. If you have reason for concern, call your agent to discuss ways to get protected. We’re here at (225) 927-0451.