Like many others, your company has likely transitioned many of its staff members to a work-from-home model. This is a good time to remind everyone to be diligent in checking for potential malware and online scams. While many people are adjusting to working from home for the first time, they are also being asked to homeschool children or care for elderly family members. This distracting environment makes it easy for employees to inadvertently click a bugged link or document, thereby introducing malware or ransomware into your systems.

Recently, we’ve seen reports of the following phishing scams:

  • Fake coronavirus maps and websites – there have been numerous attempts of malware on sites that offer fake maps of the spread of the virus. We recommend you only use trusted news sources like
  • False ads for masks and protective gear – again feeding on people’s fears, scammers are pushing malware or phishing for personal information through sites claiming to have protective gear for sale. We recommend shopping local, or through a known online retailer.

COVID-19 has already caused countless interruptions to our daily lives, but we urge you to mitigate additional long-term business disruptions by offering your employees frequent reminders about these online risks.

For additional information about coronavirus scams, please reference the FTC’s consumer information page. If you have any concerns regarding your company’s finances, please contact us.

For more information on COVID-19 and to get the latest updates, visit our COVID-19 Resources page.