Unfortunately, the scammers keep finding new ways to try to illegally gain access to your personal information – and today’s warning we wanted to share with you has to do with COVID-19 vaccination scams. As vaccinations are rolling out across the United States, many people are signing up for appointments online. In some cases, people are receiving texts about their vaccinations, but are unsure if they are legitimate or not. If you hesitate before clicking on links in those types of texts – good job! But even though many of these are illegal phishing scams, there might be a few legitimate texts you can receive.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, people who sign up for a COVID vaccine online might receive a legitimate text message, but with so much fraud occurring, it’s important that you read the text message thoroughly.
Kristy CooperWarning about COVID-19 vaccination text scam
You might think that government is solely focused on addressing the pandemic, but over the last few months new legislation has been proposed for more than 280 bills or resolutions just dealing with cybersecurity. With the chaos that COVID-19 is causing, lawmakers are working to keep criminals from running amok online.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, at least 38 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico introduced or considered more than 280 bills or resolutions that deal significantly with cybersecurity. Some of the areas seeing the most legislative activity include measures:
Kristy CooperHow the government is addressing cybersecurity during COVID-19
As much of the world has embraced social distancing as a way to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s naturally been a decline in shopping at brick-and-mortar stores. While most people had used online shopping in some way before the pandemic, today’s situation means many are turning to ecommerce for things they normally would have purchased in person. Supplies such as food, pet products, health and beauty products, medications, and other home essentials are now shopped for via the internet.
One report shows how much people are relying on online shopping. According to the Adobe May 2020 Digital Economy Index (DEI), which tracks the state of e-commerce, online shopping levels during COVID-19 (April to May) were higher than what retailers saw during the previous 2019 holiday season of November to December.
Kristy CooperHow COVID-19 is changing online shopping – now and for the future
How’s that “working from home” thing going? Even if you’ve got your home office all set up, you’re probably dealing with some growing pain. That’s why we rounded up some ideas for boosting WFM productivity – and adding a little fun while you’re at it.
There are a lot of benefits to working from home: flexibility to work the time you want, saving money on commuting and eating out, more free time for friends and family. But there are disadvantages as well: interruptions and distractions, anxiety and stress, and missing the human interaction in traditional office spaces. For the time being, however, it looks like working from home (WFM) is the new normal, so here are some tips to uplevel your home office experience.
Kristy CooperTips to make working from home easier (and more fun!)
Whether you’re an experienced gardener or a total newbie looking for a productive and satisfying backyard hobby, we know a secret weapon to help you develop a green thumb – technology! Yes, things like apps or YouTube videos or smart devices can help you polish your skills – or at least figure out what that weird looking bug is on your back patio.
Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors, learn or develop a new skill, and spend time with children. It’s also a great way to supplement your family’s nutrition with organic, fresh produce, cut down on shopping trips, and save money while having fun. Today’s gardener knows that in addition to things like fertilizers, soil, and seeds, modern tools such as smart drip lines, apps and social media can help your garden thrive.
Kristy CooperHow technology can help your garden thrive
We’ve got great news, especially if you’re one of the many people who are dependent on an internet connection for work, school, shopping and staying in touch from home. New towers are currently being installed in the Elk Grove, Wilton and Galt areas that will provide stronger connections and increased access for rural homes, ranches and businesses.
New internet towers in Wilton, Elk Grove and Galt
WILTON / MONTEVIDEO TOWER: The Wilton area was previously serviced by a 70-ft tower installed on top of a barn in a central location. The new tower is 100-feet tall and free-standing in a new location that will allow for greater reach and reception. The new internet service tower was assembled over a period of 2 days, using 3 people, a lift truck, and specialty equipment to get the job done and is projected to be live by the 4th quarter.
Kristy CooperNew Softcom towers will provide greater internet access for rural communities in the Central CA area
According to the FBI, the coronavirus isn’t the only danger people need to be watching out for these days as cybercriminals are focusing their attacks on the top 3 states with highest infection rates – California, New York and Washington.
In recent statements online, both the FBI Director and the US Attorney have warned Americans to be on their guard for a significant spike in coronavirus scams. In particular, they warn that cyber-attacks are most likely to target people working from home. The lack of sophisticated IT support and protection that people took for granted in the office leaves employees working from home open to attack and unprepared for what to watch for and what to do if they suspect something might be wrong.
Kristy CooperFBI warns that CA among top 3 states targeted by COVID-19 scammers
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