COVID-19 Scams: Safe Computing Tips
New scams continue to arise around the COVID-19 virus. Stay alert for:
- Phishing Emails
- Recent attempts offer governmental financial support and attempt to gather personal information including your SS number
- Messages promise personal COVID-19 test kits but have a malware attachment.
- False Websites. Scammers can prey on fears or make sensational claims.
- Illegitimate Charities/Donation Campaigns. Only donate to known, reputable charities.
Search for verified information on your own from sources like https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html and major news outlets. Local resources for COVID information can be found at https://www.bannerhealth.com/patients/patient-resources/covid-19.
Business practices in a remote environment
Working remotely brings about new nuances that might not have been considered in your or your staff’s normal business practices. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
As information sharing changes, make sure you use the appropriate technologies for the classification of data you handle (Regulated, Confidential, Internal, Public). See the Data Classification and Handling Standard: https://security.arizona.edu/content/data-classification-and-handling-standard.
- Check with the appropriate Compliance Partner for which technologies can be used with Regulated Information: https://compliance.arizona.edu/compliance-partners.
- HIPAA compliance information is available at: https://research.arizona.edu/covid19/guidance/communicating-health-information-online.
Conference Call Meetings
Many campus units are using Zoom as a means to stay connected for meetings and other social interactions. Add protections to your meetings to ensure they’re not interrupted by unwanted participants.
- Password protect meetings and securely share the password with participants
- Enable a waiting room so that you grant access as people enter the meeting (not practical when you expect a large number of participants)
- Use the Only Host Can Share their Screen setting
- Turn off Allow Removed Participants to Rejoin
Home Computer Security
All computers used for University business should have a screen lock and be protected by antivirus/anti-malware. Remote staff who are using their personal computers to do work are eligible to install Sophos Home Premium. Learn more at: https://softwarelicense.arizona.edu/sophos-central.
It is recommended to do the following:
- Apply all Updates for Operating System and other Software
- Use VPN to connect securely to campus
- Utilize approved cloud storage instead of your local hard drive (protects from ransomware and other malware accessing documents)