Right now, safeguarding ourselves, our loved ones, friends and colleagues from COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is uppermost in people’s minds in the UK and around the world. After all, this is an unprecedented situation which warrants unprecedented precautions.
Also of great importance, however, is making sure we also remain safe in the virtual world during restrictions on travel, socialising, office life and other things we normally take for granted.
Why is online safety even more important than usual?
Invariably, a crisis affecting a large number of people triggers a huge volume of fraudulent activity. With Coronavirus, expect fake ads for anything from vaccines to facemasks, links to sensational news and video, bogus charity appeals and phishing emails claiming to be from travel, compensation and insurance companies or event/tournament organisers. Fraudsters know that at times like these, we may be too concerned or preoccupied to spot that something isn’t right.
Business owners with employees not accustomed to working from home also need to take simple precautions additional to those we normally exercise in regular workplaces.
And if we’re using the extra time on our hands to relax, there’s also more chance that we could be letting our online guard down, whether we’re social networking, gaming, dating, downloading TV, to name a few things we take for granted.
However, if Coronavirus is affecting your online life, please read our top tips, available on the right of this page, to help you protect yourself, your family, finances, devices and organisation.
Get Safe Online is the UK’s leading source of information and advice on online safety and security for the public and small businesses. It is a not-for-profit, public/private sector partnership backed by a number of government departments, law enforcement agencies and leading organisations in internet security, banking and retail.
For more information visit www.getsafeonline.org
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.
For further advice and guidance on fraud awareness and avoidance you can visit the NBS Fraud and Online Security hub here.