We’ve all been affected by the emergence of the COVID-19 coronavirus – especially in the ways we carry out our work responsibilities. According to Dr. Jill Newby, associate professor of psychology at the University of New South Wales, working remotely can leave employees feeling isolated and disconnected from others. Among other common feelings are being unable to stay motivated or “switch off” from work.

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Reuters reported that hacking activity against corporations in the United States and other countries more than doubled by some measures in March. As teleworking increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic response, cyberattacks against organizations’ data that is being accessed from less secure environments and connections increased. Organizations have a harder time protecting their data when it is dispersed on home computers with widely varying configurations and on company machines that are connecting remotely from less secure locations.

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March Madness is just around the corner, and cybercriminals are ready to take advantage of the hype surrounding your favorite college teams and their basketball championship quests through phishing schemes.

It’s a perfect opportunity for them to use phishing schemes to steal personal information from unsuspecting fans filling out online brackets, buying tickets and merchandise or streaming live video.

Phishing is a form of social engineering that uses email or malicious websites to get personal information by posing as a trustworthy source to gain access to your accounts.

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Federal health officials expect the coronavirus to spread to the U.S., and that’s good news for hackers.

Cyberthreat actors leverage interest during public health threats and other high-profile events to conduct financial fraud and deliver malware by posting links to fake charities and fraudulent websites that solicit donations for relief efforts.

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Catfishing is a deceptive activity where a person creates a fake identity on a social network account, usually targeting a specific victim for deception or fraud. It’s commonly used in romance scams on dating websites for financial gain or to compromise a victim in some way.

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Cybercriminals love tax season.

The enormous amounts of valuable personal and financial information shared online during this time of year make it a haven for thieves – and they are doing everything they can to take full advantage of the opportunity tax season brings them. They are masters at social engineering. So, during this time of increased potential for having your personal information exposed, it’s critically important to take steps to use the internet safely.

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As this holiday season approaches, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users to be aware of potential holiday scams and malicious cyber campaigns, particularly when browsing or shopping online. Cyber actors may send emails and ecards containing malicious links or attachments infected with malware or may send spoofed emails requesting support for fraudulent charities or causes.

CISA encourages users to remain vigilant and take the following precautions:

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There's a recent new phone scam you may not be aware of:

You receive a phone call that says, "Are you there?" or "Is this Mr./Ms. so and so?"

Do not answer with a "Yes."

Your voice is recorded and your "yes" statement is spliced into a recording as an answer to an authorization question such as, "Do you agree to this purchase (or something worse)."

It is very difficult to dispute this false charge on your credit card because after all, they have your voice authorizing the purchase.

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