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Cybersecurity related to COVID-19

March 26, 2020
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Cybersecurity related to COVID-19

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Even in times of uncertainty, criminals are preying on your fear and sending all kinds of scams related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Be aware and be cautious. 

Emails that appear to be from organizations such as the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), or the WHO (World Health Organization) may contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments.

Emails may ask for charity donations for studies, doctors, or victims.  Scammers often create fake charity emails after global phenomenon’s occur, like natural disasters, or health scares.

Watch out for emails that claim to have a “new” or “updated” list of COVID-19 cases in your area.  They may contain dangerous links and information designed to scare you into clicking on the link.

Always check the sender’s email address and hover over links before clicking them.

ProPrivacy, an advocacy group, created a website to check the trustworthiness of coronavirus-themed websites. If your email app warns of a suspicious message, don’t just shrug it off. Make sure your computer and phone have the latest security updates and that your home network is password protected.

So even in times of crisis, remain cautious and always remember to protect yourself from scams and never click on links or download attachments from an email you were not expecting.

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Disclosures:

The information provided is not a complete analysis of every material fact and are subject to change.

Securities and some investment advisory services are offered through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a broker/dealer and Registered Investment Adviser.

Financial Planning and some investment advisory services are offered through Cameron Thornton Associates, a Registered Investment Adviser.

Cameron Thornton Associates and Cetera Advisor Networks LLC are non-affiliated companies.

The opinions expressed in this letter are those of Cameron M. Thornton, CFP® and Trevor M. Cole, CFP®.  All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, we make no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.  All economic and performance information is historical and not indicative of future results.  Past performance does not guarantee results.

Investors cannot invest directly in indexes. The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any investment and does not take into account the effects of inflation and the fees and expenses associated with investing.

Dow Jones Industrial Average Index: The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ.

S&P 500 Index: The S&P 500 is a capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.

NASDAQ Composite Index: The NASDAQ Composite Index includes all domestic and international based common type stocks listed on The NASDAQ Stock Market. The NASDAQ Composite Index is a broad-based index.

Websites provided as a courtesy and are not under the control of Cetera Advisor Networks LLC or Cameron Thornton Associates.

Cameron M. Thornton, CFP® is a Representative with Cetera Advisor Networks LLC and may be reached at www.cameronthornton.com or (818) 841-1746.

Citations:

1 - https://proprivacy.com/tools/scam-website-checker?mod=djem10point