Safety First: Online Scams on the Rise Due to Coronavirus
by VPN Pro
According to multiple reports, cybercriminals are now creating and putting out thousands of coronavirus-related websites on a daily basis.
For example, hackers have created more than 3,600 new domains that contain the “coronavirus” term just last week (ZDNet).
Below are some smart tips from the cybersecurity experts at VPNpro.com:
Here’s how to avoid online scams inspired by COVID-19, and how to find safe and trusted information.
Right now, the vast majority of coronavirus related domains are being used for online fraud, malware distribution, or obvious scams peddling cures, vaccines, and supplements.
Avoid these at all cost! Your source of coronavirus-related news should not come from email, social media, or Google, and especially not a mobile app.
These are one of the oldest playgrounds of scammers where attachments and benign-looking links end up in stolen personal data or even banking info.
There are some legitimate sites and messaging. Most virus spread and testing site maps, as well as other information that you get from trusted TV, radio, or news websites, are your safest resources.
If you cannot resist the urge to click on a link, at the very least double-check if it starts with “https” and not “Http.”
HTTPS prevents intruders from being able to passively listen to communications between your websites and your users.
If you have healthcare-related webforms or emailed questionnaires to complete, it is much safer to wait for a call or call the institution yourself to get direction straight from the source.