Computer and Internet Safety

04/02/2020

Computer and Internet Safety

During times of crisis like COVID-19 pandemic, cyber criminals try to take advantage and exploit the situation with phishing messages and other scamming tactics. Cybersecurity during this time of online/alternative instruction is very important, so be vigilant of suspicious emails. Here are some tips to identity phishing emails:

Reviewing emails: Scan emails received from outside the College. If any email has the “EXTERNAL” banner in it, be sure to examine the content before taking any action.

Think before you click: Cyber criminals are taking advantage of people seeking information on COVID-19. They are distributing malware campaigns that impersonate organizations like the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control, and other reputable sources by asking you to click on links or download outbreak maps. So Your best defense is to think before you click and go directly to a reputable website to access the content directly instead.

Look out for urgent language: If you are asked to click on a link, or provide personal identifiable information (PII) in order to receive a benefit, Do Not respond! Instead, question the email’s content, contact a trusted source, and reference the email.

Here are other resources and tips to aid you with in practicing secure computing:

GCFUglobal.org

http://microsoft.com/safety

Internet Safety Tips

Questions may be directed to the IT Help Desk at (301) 846-2509 or by emailing ITSupport@frederick.edu