Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime

With so much uncertainty these days, "phishing" attacks, which is a fraudulent attempt to steal information via electronic means, are on the rise. Elbert County protects itself against these attempts to steal electronic information, and you should, too.

Phishing might be an email that contains a fake ad, or a social media post with a fun quiz that leads you to reveal personal information. Phishing leads to the loss of data, identities, and money for individuals and businesses every day. Threats of this sort, using the fear surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, are on the rise. Scammers are using the outbreak to distribute malware and extort money through ransomware.

Five Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim
• Watch for spelling and grammatical errors in the content of the email. If it looks unprofessional, it may be a fake.
• Make sure the email came from a valid email address.
• Verify links before you click on them.
• Hover over the link to make sure that the link is the same as the text within the email.
• Don't open attachments unless you are sure you know who sent them.
For more information visit the National Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency (CISA) at https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-099a.