Coronavirus and cybersecurity: learn how to protect yourself from virtual threats

Coronavírus e cibersegurança: saiba como proteger-se de ameaças virtuais

Unfortunately, it is not just your health that needs to be protected in times of coronavirus. In this very troubled phase for all, cybercriminals attack and compel us to take preventive measures with regard to our data. In the last days, several computer threats have appeared in the most diverse forms and through different means. We will talk about the threats you have to protect yourself from and give tips for not getting caught by this computer “virus”!

Be careful about emails and SMS

The National Cybersecurity Center alerted the population to campaigns that, using references to the coronavirus, try to infect users’ devices with malware and obtain private information from citizens (phishing). Most of these e-mails and SMS appear credible and appear to come from institutions like WHO or UNICEF. Be very careful with this and for that nothing better than installing a good antivirus on all your devices!

Do not install the Covid-19 Tracker application

This app promises users real-time updates on the new coronavirus. However, it is nothing more than a ramsomware scheme, that is, harmful software that restricts the system infected with blockages. To regain access to the phone, a cryptocurrency payment is required. Always be wary of new applications. Do not install anything without doing a thorough search on the app. Only then can you protect yourself from malicious applications.

False donation collection campaigns

At this stage, there are many digital fraud schemes, disseminated via email and via social media. These schemes publicize alleged financing campaigns to collect donations to buy medical or protective material. Don’t be fooled by these campaigns. When such a campaign exists, it will be announced on television by the competent authorities.

Do not download files about the virus on your computer

So far, 10 malware files have been identified and this number is expected to increase. It is very easy to get users’ attention right now, as we all want to know more about the disease that stopped the world. However, at no time, download documents from unknown e-mail addresses. Most likely it is a contaminated file that in addition to damaging your computer’s disk will still be able to steal your personal information.

3 thoughts on “Coronavirus and cybersecurity: learn how to protect yourself from virtual threats

  1. Mafalda Reply

    Artigo muito bem estruturado, preciso e assertivo.
    Muito obrigada pela partilha da informação que certamente será útil a quem a lê, devido a atual conjuntura que o mundo atravessa!!!

    Bem Haja!!

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