Hackers often use popular news topics and fear to increase the chances that victims will open phishing emails, hand over sensitive credentials, and download computer viruses or other malware.

COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, is on everyone’s mind right now. As people try to learn more and protect themselves from this pandemic, cybercriminals are taking advantage.

How to stay cyber-safe:

  • Find information about COVID-19 at the official sites of the World Health Organization (WHO)or the S. Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • To protect yourself against viruses, malware, and other threats that can come from a phishing attack, ensure your antivirus protection is up to date on all your devices.
  • Be very suspicious of requests for personal information that occur via email, phone, text message, or social media message.

What NOT to do:

  • Don’t open emails about COVID-19 from unknown senders, don’t click on links in emails regarding COVID-19, and be wary of email attachments, especially from unknown senders. These can all be used in phishing scams to steal your personal data or spread computer viruses and malware.
  • Do not click on ads or social media posts regarding COVID-19. They may be fake and contain malicious content.

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