An experienced high-level executive shared his concern about how attackers are investing more time targeting high net worth individuals. If you fall into that category, especially now, you must be extra vigilant to protect yourself, your family, and your organization.
The exploits may come in the form of attempts to get you to transfer money to a friend, someone threatening to send out defamatory information about you unless you pay them not to, or phony messages attempting to acquire some personally identifiable information from you.
Be sure to alert your family members that, even if an email message appears to be from you, it could be a forgery. Family members should verbally speak to you if there is ever a concern about any communications that are purportedly from you. No one should ever respond to a suspicious email or text message.
Additionally, there are crucial steps you must take to help protect your devices including iPhones, iPads, Androids, laptops, desktop computers, and all of your devices.
Keep the devices locked up when they are not in your possession. If someone gains physical access to your device, it is possible that they can steal information, both your history and real-time now and into the future.
Be sure to apply critical security updates to the operating systems and the browsers, when prompted. But watch out for fake requests. Update alerts should never come via email or text message; those are bogus and dangerous.
There are so many steps to take and, primarily, you must have a heightened awareness that you, as a high net-worth individual, are at an increased risk of attacks.
Please forward this to your friends, so that they are extra vigilant too.