- The COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is in the forefront of everyone’s minds around the world at present, we are being fed information from all directions, with a lot of conflicting data. To add to this confusion, cybercriminals are ‘cashing in’ on the public’s need to acquire more information about the virus and what to do to try and protect ourselves. There have been many reports about of ‘phishing scams’ (Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising oneself as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.)
Not only are these scams trying to steal personal data, there is also the threat of infecting your device with Malware, and false ads that promote false information or scam/fake products.
Best procedures to avoid being scammed?
- Always visit reputable sites of trusted organisations when looking up information on the Coronavirus. For example: The world Health organization https://www.who.int/
- Be vigilant when opening emails, make sure they are from secure and known sources. Check the sender’s details, especially after the @ symbol, to ensure it is legitimate.
- Be very careful on Social Media when receiving information on the virus. There are fake ads and fake cures being posted about. Facebook are cracking down on any phishing attempts, but some ads may escape the block, so be very wary.
- Lastly, but certainly not the least, make sure that all your devices are protected from malware that can come from phishing attacks. Install security from a reputable brand like Norton (Norton 360 Deluxes 2020 5 devices being a very popular product for all round protection)
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