IDStrong Warns Against Second Wave of Cyberattacks

BOSTON, June 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As the country teeters on the brink of the predicted second wave of COVID-19, IDStrong, a premier credit and identity theft monitoring company, is issuing a call to action against a parallel second wave of scams and cyberattacks.

From Zoombombing to unemployment scams, Americans faced an onslaught of cyberattacks as shelter in place orders began to take hold in March. For the most part, individuals and companies acted quickly to tighten security. But just as mask-wearing and social distancing practices are starting to slip, so too are security practices, leaving consumers as vulnerable as ever.

"Officials have warned that a second wave of infections is coming, and I contend that two forces will collide to create a concurrent second wave of cyberattacks," said Levon Gasparian, CEO of IDStrong. "The first is that renewed shelter in place orders - and their consequential impacts on lifestyle and the economy - will create new opportunities for scammers. The second is that Americans' general fatigue with restrictions and precautions has allowed us to let our collective guard down. This combination makes the environment ripe for new scams."

IDStrong offers four actions Americans can take today to start bolstering their security.

    1. Take the Time to Type Out a URLIt is getting increasingly difficult to
       decipher a deep fake email from a real one, leading consumers to
       unknowingly click links containing malware. One fool proof solution is to
       avoid clicking any links by visiting the websites directly. For instance,
       if you get an email from Amazon saying that your order has been delayed
       and suggesting that you follow a link for more information, take the
       extra time to open your browser and type in Amazon's URL yourself to look
       for information on your order.

    2. Outsource Password SecurityPassword managers are a type of software that
       store and manage passwords in an encrypted format. They allow you secure
       access to this information with a master password. Password managers can
       offer great protection, but they are an investment. If you cannot afford
       to budget for one, change your passwords frequently and do not repeat
       passwords for multiple sites.

    3. Get to Love the LatergramIf you are leaving the house for an extended
       getaway, posting in real time is alerting criminals to the fact that you
       are not at home and likely off your guard. Most people have open
       following on Instagram and Twitter making it even easier for criminals to
       track your whereabouts - especially if you use hashtags broadcasting that
       you are on #vacation!

    4. Be Proactive Aganist Potential Threats No matter how careful you are
       personally, you still run the risk of being exposed via a breach. Sign up
       for identity monitoring, which includes scouring the dark web, public
       records, forums, and social media for any mention of your personal
       information (SSN, email, logins, driver's license number, credit or bank
       account numbers, medical information and more).

"Cybercriminals take advantage of fear, confusion and fatigue to lure victims," continued Gasparian. "Right now, we're in a little bit of a lull on those emotions. But when wave two of infections hits, we will be right back in the epicenter. Stay strong, stay vigilant, stay safe."

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About IDStrong
IDStrong, a premier identity theft and credit monitoring company, is the only company of its kind to offer every consumer the opportunity to evaluate their identity theft risk for free, before committing to any product. IDStrong offers packages ranging from basic monitoring to full-service monitoring and restoration services, including $1M Identity Theft Insurance.

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