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4/14/2020
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7 Ways COVID-19 Has Changed Our Online Lives

The pandemic has driven more of our personal and work lives online - and for the bad guys, business is booming. Here's how you can protect yourself.
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Whether it's for groceries or commodity electronics items, always be sure which company you're giving information to, says Logan Kipp, director of sales engineering at SiteLock. For smartphone food takeout apps such as GrubHub or UberEats, always access them through a trusted source, either Google Play or Apple's App Store.

Ken Liao, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Abnormal Security, says the bad guys will try to take advantage of scarcity by sending phishing emails disguised as promotions for hard-to-get items, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Also, be on the lookout for counterfeit items, he says. Now that we are in the spring allergy season, people may order their antihistamine of choice online and wind up receiving counterfeit items.

We may have learned this during past Black Fridays or Cyber Mondays, but be sure not to click on the links to promotions. If you are interested in an item, go to the specific company website and check to see whether the promotion is real. It always makes sense to order from the corporate site. One last online shopping tip: In these times, try to do business with companies you normally do business with. If a company you never heard of sends you an email, question why it has your email address in the first place.  

(Image Source: Adobe Stock: icarmen13)

Online Shopping

Whether it's for groceries or commodity electronics items, always be sure which company you're giving information to, says Logan Kipp, director of sales engineering at SiteLock. For smartphone food takeout apps such as GrubHub or UberEats, always access them through a trusted source, either Google Play or Apple's App Store.

Ken Liao, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Abnormal Security, says the bad guys will try to take advantage of scarcity by sending phishing emails disguised as promotions for hard-to-get items, such as toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Also, be on the lookout for counterfeit items, he says. Now that we are in the spring allergy season, people may order their antihistamine of choice online and wind up receiving counterfeit items.

We may have learned this during past Black Fridays or Cyber Mondays, but be sure not to click on the links to promotions. If you are interested in an item, go to the specific company website and check to see whether the promotion is real. It always makes sense to order from the corporate site. One last online shopping tip: In these times, try to do business with companies you normally do business with. If a company you never heard of sends you an email, question why it has your email address in the first place.

(Image Source: Adobe Stock: icarmen13)

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