With positive cases of coronavirus infection on the rise in India, people are trying their best to acquire more knowledge about the disease (Covid-19) online. At a time when the internet is flooded with misinformation around coronavirus, it probably may not be a good idea to search for new information from any random website. As cybercriminals and scammers are using people’s anxiety and fear to dupe them. A lot of fake products claiming to cure coronavirus are being sold online. Here are 10 coronavirus-related things you should avoid searching online …
Don’t search or install any app to map the spread of coronavirus on your phone
There is no official app to track the spread of Coronavirus. There is no official app at all dedicated to coronavirus disease only. Recently, cybercriminals were found spreading ransomware called CovidLock. This app pretends to be a coronavirus tracking app but it is ransomware in disguise. The app simply locks the user’s phone with a password and demands $100 in Bitcoin within 48 hours to unlock the phone.
Don’t search for Coronavirus-related websites as these could be harmful
Apart from the official website of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and government websites, there is no other dedicated website on coronavirus that should be trusted. A report by Market Watch revealed that there has been a significant rise in coronavirus-related website name registrations and these websites are more likely to steal personal and banking data or infect your mobile or PC with malware.
Don’t search or buy Coronavirus testing kits online as these are fake or unauthorised
The coronavirus is difficult to discover and it usually takes time. Many patients may require tests to confirm a positive case. So, buying a home test kit can be dangerous as it needs medical expertise to confirm whether you have the disease or not. Also, a lot of fake coronavirus disease testing kits are being sold online to fool people and none of these testing kits is authorised by the government.
Don’t search for coronavirus symptoms checker websites or apps
The symptoms of coronavirus are mentioned clearly on the official website of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Don’t search for Coronavirus symptom checker websites or apps as these are fake. If you are unsure about your symptoms it is highly advisable that you see a doctor.
Don’t search for Coronavirus vaccinations or medicines online
At present, there are no vaccines or medicines for coronavirus. So, don’t search for them online and ignore any online offers for vaccinations or medical products that claim to treat COVID-19.
Don’t open coronavirus-related emails from unknown sources
WHO has reported that a lot of spam and phishing emails are being sent from domains which appear like an official email from WHO or other health ministries. It is recommended that people should not open any coronavirus-related emails from unknown sources or click on links or attachments in such mails as it might be a ransomware or phishing attack.
Don’t search for videos on how to cure coronavirus online
Google recently removed a lot of fake videos related to coronavirus from Youtube. It is highly recommended that you do not search or rely on videos that you see online to look for treatments.
Don’t search for videos like how to build immunity to fight coronavirus
It is best to follow government guidelines when it comes to fighting coronavirus. Stay away from searching for videos like how to build immunity to fight coronavirus as these so-called tips from YouTubers might harm your health instead. Know that immunity takes time to build up and cannot be acquired all of a sudden.
Don’t search for cleaning products that kill SARS-CoV-2 virus
There are a lot of fake cleaning products and disinfectants that are being sold online which claim to kill SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is highly recommended that you refer to the official website of WHO before believing any such products.
Don’t search how to make donations for coronavirus online, as most of them are scam
A lot of online charities have started suddenly which claims to help coronavirus victims. It is highly recommended that you do your research before making any donations or paying money to crowdfunding websites. Fake coronavirus donation websites are becoming a regular scam business.
(With inputs from gadgets now)