With the COVID-19 outbreak, social distancing is becoming the norm. Let’s try to prevent/slow the spread of the virus by keeping six feet between me and you.
How about keeping “6 feet” from cyber activities that can harm you and your computer.
SITUATION: Natural disasters are a great time for cyber criminals to strike.
How are they striking?
1. Sending Malware – software to hurt or destroy your computer/cyber ability.
2. Phishing – sending emails trying to get you to give out personal information*
3. SMiShing – Phishing in the SMS format, i.e. texting you for your personal information*
4. Spoofing – Disguising themselves as a legitimate source trying to get information, i.e. pretending to be a federal agency
financial data, SS#, address, telephone, bank account, passwords, etc.
What to do?
1. Unsolicited emails: Delete rather than open.
2. Don’t click links: From unknown or unverified email addresses.
3. Up to date? Verify Anti-Malware & Anti-Virus software are up to date.
More to come!
Info taken from an excellent Association of Certified Fraud Examiners provided by Jason Zirkle, CFE on 3/26/20.
Cyber criminals messed up your files? Please feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a free initial consultation (in person or Zoom).
R. M. O’Hanlan Consulting (RMOHC) is an accounting consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area. Michael O’Hanlan is a Certified Fraud Examiner and an Operational Accountant. RMOHC specializes in accounting cleanup for commercial and government contract clients, fraud prevention, and training services. RMOHC keeps clients profitable, legal, and compliant.