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Cybercrimes and COVID-19

Staying Safe While Staying Home

A mandate made by the government has required most of us to stay home to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus. And while social distancing is meant to decrease the odds that you’ll become a victim of COVID-19, it’s increasing the instances of cybercrimes, especially for those using videoconferencing technology to host and attend meetings, attend classes and lectures and more.

“Zoombombing” Is More Serious Than It Sounds

Today’s most popular videoconferencing solution, Zoom, is being utilized by people all over the world during this global pandemic. And although its capabilities have allowed businesses to stay connected and work together with staff, teachers to continue instruction with their students and families to celebrate and stay in touch, it’s not without its issues—including cybercrimes.

Zoombombing, the term now being used to describe Zoom meetings being hijacked by outsiders, has become so frequent that the FBI and other government agencies have become involved. Hackers are not only disrupting meetings and posting inappropriate content, they’re also waiting and watching silently until they’re able to steal email addresses, confidential information being shared during meetings and more. Here’s what you need to know to avoid becoming a victim:

Protecting Yourself While using Zoom

As we continue to work and go to school from home, it’s crucial to ensure that you are protecting yourself from cybercriminals who are now looking for opportunities to commit ID theft and hack into your meetings/gatherings. Follow these tips to stay safe:

  • Do not use your personal email address to register with Zoom, instead use your employer email or school issued email
  • Enable two-factor authentication
  • If you’re the host, set up your meetings to allow only invited guests and configure the waiting room feature to screen those who show up early and late
  • Do not post a link to your meeting on social media or in any public channel
  • Do not share your PMI (personal meeting ID) –this allows anyone who has it to know you’re hosting a meeting
  • Be aware of phishing emails with links to Zoom meetings and follow the same precautions you would with any suspicious emails-do not click on links without ensuring they are legit

During this challenging time, All Points Mobile Shredding will continue to share resources for preventing ID theft and data breaches with you. As a family-owned company serving South Florida since 1992, we’re a part of the communities we serve and are committed to helping you protect yourself and your business. To learn more give us a call today or fill out this form.

Dawn Connelly

Dawn is the vice president of All Points Mobile Shredding. All Points Mobile Shredding is a family-owned and operated on-site document destruction company that has been serving the Treasure Coast, Palm Beaches, and surrounding areas since 1994.

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