Namely, cybercriminals are attacking the computer networks and systems of individuals, businesses and even global organizations at a time when cyber defences might be lowered because of the shift of focus to the health crisis.

The attacks could regard

  • Malicious domains;
  • Malware;
  • Ransomware.

Recommendations

Now is the moment to focus on cyber-security:

Keep your information safe

  • Back up all your important files, and store them independently from your system (e.g. in the cloud, on an external drive);
  • Always verify you are on a company’s legitimate website before entering login details or sensitive information.

Check your software and systems

  • Ensure you have the latest anti-virus software installed on your computer and mobile devices;
  • Secure email gateways to thwart threats via spam;
  • Strengthen your home network;
  • Secure system administrations vulnerabilities that attackers could abuse;
  • Disable third-party or outdated components that could be used as entry points;
  • Download mobile applications or any other software from trusted platforms only;
  • Perform regular health scans on your computers or mobile devices.

Be vigilant

  • Talk to your family −including children − about how to stay safe online;
  • Regularly check and update the privacy settings on your social media accounts;
  • Update your passwords and ensure they strong (a mix of uppercase, lowercase, numbers and special characters);
  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails which you were not expecting to receive, or come from an unknown sender.