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VP Financial continues to encourage its membership to remain vigilant with the protection of their personal financial data. The COVID-19 crisis presents greater risks for everyone.

Technology creates tremendous convenience and makes a number of things much more efficient in our daily lives today. However, it also presents many opportunities for sophisticated criminals to do us harm as well. The best way to combat these cybercrime risks is to educate ourselves as best we can and to be extremely mindful of how our personal data and financial information is used and communicated. VP Financial has selected a number of articles that we recommend our membership review. We have categorized them accordingly and we shall be posting new article links periodically.

What is computer hygiene?
Definition of Cyber Hygiene. Cyber hygiene is a reference to the practices and steps that users of computers and other devices take to maintain system health and improve online security.

Topic #1: Phishing

Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.

February 11, 2020, Another SMS Scam – Source: KnowBe4


September 16th, 2019, Smishing Explained – Source: Webroot Smarter Cyber Security


January 10th, 2019, Phishing Education – Source: Better Business Bureau


Topic #2: Identity Theft

Identity Theft is defined as the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain.

January 10th, 2019, Identity Theft Education – Source: Better Business Bureau

November 6th, 2018, Identity Theft Education – Source: Equifax Canada


Topic #3: Online Scams

Online Scam is a term used to describe any fraudulent business or scheme that takes money or other goods from an unsuspecting person.

March 27th, 2020, COVID-19 Phishing Scam – Source: CUMIS Insurance
Please see the summarized alert provided by CUMIS by clicking HERE

March 27th, 2020, SIM Swap Fraud – Source: CUMIS Insurance
Please see the summarized alert provided by CUMIS by clicking HERE

March 27th, 2020, Vendor Email Compromise Source: CUMIS Insurance
Please see the summarized alert provided by CUMIS by clicking HERE

March 25th, 2020, COVID-19 Scams – Source: CUMIS Insurance
Please see the summarized alert provided by CUMIS by clicking HERE.

March 18th, 2020, COVID-19 Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

February 12th, 2020, Paypal Scam – Source: IT World Canada

February 6th, 2020, Corona Virus Scam – Source: KnowBe4

September 21st, 2018, Phone Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

June 23rd, 2018, CRA Phone Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

March 12th, 2018, Romance Scams – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

November 14th, 2017, Top 10 Scams – Source: Better Business Bureau

March 4th, 2015, Tech Support Scams – Canadian Broadcast Corporation


Topic #4: Cyber Security Overview

These selected articles are more general in nature and focus on how businesses are tackling the cyber security challenges of today.

October 1st, 2020, October is Cyber Security Month – Source: B.C. Provincial Government

July 11th, 2019, Computer Safety Tips – Source: Canadian Credit Union Association

January 16th, 2019, Cyber thieves – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

November 22nd, 2018, Cyber attacks – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

March 18th, 2018, Password Security – Source: Canadian Broadcast Corporation

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