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Guidelines to raise awareness on malware and misinformation campaigns that are being generated due to the COVID-19 infections on a global scale

  • Pay special attention to the emails you receive. The cure for the coronavirus won't be delivered via email.
  • Avoid opening documents and attachments from unconfirmed official sources about the COVID-19 on any device. 
  • Don't download unofficial software on your computer or apps on your smartphone to learn about the international scope of COVID-19.
  • Do not contribute to the dissemination of non-confirmed content, only use official confirmed sources.
  • Do not contribute to the dissemination of messages that could raise concerns among the population.

Simple guidelines to raise your cybersecurity posture, when working at home

  • Use Strong Authentication mechanisms: start with a secure authentication method with unique strong passwords and additional multi-factor authentication mechanisms. A password vault can help you to generate strong passwords and to store the passwords in a secure and user-friendly application.
  • Be security minded and acknowledge the risks of bypassing security mechanisms.
  • If a service is not reachable or has a decreased performance, don’t try to bypass installed security reasons to make it work. Always contact your IT administrator first.
  • If your antivirus software is scanning don’t shut it down to increase performance.
  • If you see a warning about a malicious website, consider it malicious and only proceed with utmost caution.

Protect your network and devices by: 

  • changing default passwords on every device on your network.
  • patching all your devices to the latest version, and enabling security updates as soon as possible.
  • installing antivirus and firewall software to secure your device, and monitor your devices with regular inspections.
  • allowing only trusted and known devices that are patched with the latest security updates and software versions on your network.
  • Make sure that you take regular backups of all important information, and verify that you can restore the data from the backups. 
  • Use external disks or cloud solutions (no confidential data) whenever possible.

Protect yourself against Social Engineering

  • Be vigilant when opening attachments, only install trusted software applications, do not encode your credentials after clicking on a link.
  • If you can win a prize or get an exclusive discount, browse to the organisation’s corporate website or use a search engine to reach the website. If it’s important to send a mail to a customer, the organisation will publish it on their corporate website as well.
  • If you receive a mail with financial motivation, call the person or organization to verify the authenticity of the mail. 
  • If you receive a phone call, check the authenticity of the caller. Microsoft, Apple, Etc will not call you to warn you of a virus.
  • If you receive a suspicious mail forward it to [email protected]