5 Things To Avoid When You Search For COVID-19 Information

Anil - Mar 24, 2020


5 Things To Avoid When You Search For COVID-19 Information

Here’s a list of things we recommend you avoid when searching for information about the COVID-19, aka coronavirus.

The COVID-19 epidemic has cast a shadow over the world for quite a while, and as it turned out, the number of cybercriminals, as well as new scamming methods, have sprung up on the Internet. To safeguard both your mental and physical healthcare, here’s a list of things we recommend you avoid when searching for information about the COVID-19, aka coronavirus.

Coronavirus apps 

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CovidLock has been accused of installing ransomware.

In fact, there’s no official app from reliable sources like the World Health Organization or the US Center for Disease Control. Unless your local government rolls out a credible app for getting genuine information, please keep yourself away from several coronavirus apps floating on other websites or even from Play Store or App Store.

For instance, a Play Store-based app named CovidLock has been accused of installing ransomware on several devices. As reported, unfortunate users were asked to pay $100 in Bitcoin to retake control over these devices.

Coronavirus emails 

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Fake emails often impersonate official organizations or well-known individuals.

According to the cyber-security firm Kaspersky, hackers are using fake emails that impersonate official organizations or well-known individuals to infect people’s devices with malware. Once done, they’ll be able to dig a mine of data and other sensitive, personal information.

Coronavirus trackers 

Covid 19 Tracker Scaled
Stay away from coronavirus trackers.

Hackers have deployed a bunch of fake coronavirus trackers out there, and it’s not easy to notice which one is going to extract your information secretly. The best solution for you is to use a coronavirus tracker developed by WHO, Microsoft or take advantage of a WhatsApp chatbot launched by the Indian government.

Coronavirus testing kits 

Covid 19 Testing Kit
Testing kits

In short, coronavirus testing kits are only authorized by WHO and governments so if you find such a testing kit on the digital marketplaces, it’s fraudulent. The process of testing COVID-19, additionally, requires more than a testing kit.

Coronavirus vaccine 

Covid 19 Vaccine
No, we've yet to get a vaccine for COVID-19.

No country has been successful in developing the vaccination for COVID-19, so it’s evident that all the websites and portals claiming to sell a vaccine may be out of this world.

>>> How To Kill Coronavirus: Effective Products To Sanitize Your Home

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