The COVID-19 virus is continuing to impact the world in an extraordinary way, shutting down schools, cities and in some cases entire countries. The unfamiliarity of this virus is causing fear and uncertainty worldwide. It is now more important than ever to remain cautious and remember to follow guidelines for both personal and cyber hygiene.
In response to COVID-19, some public servants are now working from home. While it is necessary to practice good cyber hygiene in office, it is crucial to continue good cyber hygiene practices while working remotely as there has been a surge of cyber-attacks targeting remote workers.
The Guyana National CIRT (CIRT.GY) recommends the following good cyber hygiene practices:
By default, WordPress websites have a publicly accessible wp-login.php page. This enables hackers to attack websites through malicious means such as brute force attacks.
“Download this app and give us full permission to access your files and we’ll introduce you to your lifelong partner”. Oh please!
“Special Delivery from your secret admirer, but for a small fee”. Yeah right!
Warning: The National Data Management Authority advises you to BEWARE of these scams. Scams like these are an easy way for attackers to steal your money and financial information.