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How to Avoid Coronavirus Malware & Misinformation

So how can you stay safe? The coronavirus outbreak is a constantly evolving situation with events changing everyday.

So how can you stay safe? The coronavirus outbreak is a constantly evolving situation with events changing everyday.

People want information as fast and efficiently as they possibly can — it’s the nature of the world we live in. But there are several reliable and trusted sources which should be your go-to when looking for advice, precautions, and updates. To make it easy on ya here’s a shortlist. We’ve included the top US and UK sources for information but if you're somewhere else then your government website is your best bet.


  1. World Health Organisation (WHO)
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  3. National Health Service (NHS)
  4. Department of State
  5. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

As well as making sure you only get your information from reliable sources there are also other things you can do to make sure the information you're seeing is trustworthy.s

  1. Know your sources. Use well known sites with good reputations when it comes to sharing accurate news and verifiable facts.
  2. Don’t click on links in unknown emails. Even if the email seems legit, check it and check it again. Does the email address match the sender's name? Are there any typos in the address, no matter how small? Is the layout slightly off? Are sentences structured strangely?
  3. Same goes for attachments. Make sure you check the email is absolutely from someone you know before downloading any attachments and even then double check.
  4. With websites, check the link for strange typos to make sure they are safe, added numbers, or anything that doesn't seem right. It might be different to the website you meant to go to, indicating it's fraudulent.
  5. Think about how it’s been shared. Facebook posts can be written, doctored and distributed by anyone. Remember, multiple likes and shares does not mean the information is factual. The same goes for What’s App chains and Tweets.