Avoiding scams, malware and other online threats during COVID-19

Through Better Internet for Kids (BIK), and the European Network of Safer Internet Centres (SICs), our aim is to empower children and young people to remain safe online, and equally assist those that support them. During the time of the coronavirus pandemic, Safer Internet Centres have published a number of articles and resources on avoiding scams, malware and other online threats during COVID-19.

Date 2020-05-11 Author BIK Team Section awareness

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  • Limit online payments (in Bulgarian). The digital world has many pitfalls when it comes to monetary transactions or even the mere use of devices. Here are some tips to keep you safe.
  • Phishing (during the COVID-19 pandemic) (in Dutch). Internet criminals are hard at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. At a time when people are more likely to be anxious or worried, they are more likely to click on a link in a suspicious email. Unfortunately, a lot of phishing emails have been sent in the past few weeks. Veilig internetten shares tips to protect yourself.
  • The importance of a VPN (working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic) (in Dutch). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are working from home, and children and young people are all learning from home. Many internet criminals see this as an excellent opportunity to break into your computer. A VPN will ensure that your connection to the internet is secure. Veilig internetten shares tips to use one.
  • Update your devices (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic) (in Dutch). Our WiFi connection and smart devices connect us to work, school, family and friends these days. However, they also make us vulnerable. Criminals can hack your files via these devices and steal private data, take over devices, or hack the network of the company for which you work. Veilig internetten answers questions about it.
  • Safe online shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic (in Dutch). If people are afraid to go outside without a mask, or fear that there will be a shortage of food, criminals can tap into these fears. For example, several scam websites supposedly selling masks have been closed. However, there are also plenty of excellent providers that want to support people - it is wise to check the (new) online shops when you want to order something for the first time. Veilig internetten shares some guidance on this article.
  • Initiatives from Veiliginternetten.nl partners during the corona crisis (in Dutch). Veiliginternetten.nl has compiled advice and tips from its partners on how to protect yourself against risks on the internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes targeted advice for children, young people and their parents, elderly people, SMEs, teachers, and people working from home.
  • SWGfL cybersecurity advice during coronavirus (in English). Cyber criminals are using the public's fear and interest in the COVID-19 pandemic to their advantage. SWGfL has produced some advice to help avoid risks.
  • Safe work from home (in Slovenian). Many people are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, which can increase exposure to online scams and attacks. This article provides some tips to ensure safer remote working.
  • Be careful with online contacts and offers that are too good to be true (in Slovenian). We are spending more time on the internet and social networks during the coronavirus pandemic. Many fraudsters are taking advantage of this situation, for example by trying to trick users into sending them intimate photos or other personally identifiable information, offering them fake sweepstakes, directing them to fake online stores, or committing other types of fraud. Safe.si offers tips to avoid becoming a victim.
  • Press release: Do not trust everybody and everything you find on the web (in Slovenian). There are many attempts of unknown people trying to contact children and teenagers to trick them into sending naked pictures or videos. There are also many fake news stories connected to COVID-19. Safe.si advises users not to believe everyone and everything they find on the internet.

Remember that European Safer Internet Centres also provide helpline services allowing children and young people, and parents and carers to access personalised advice and support. Equally, each SIC also provides a hotline for reporting any illegal content you mind find online. Don't hesitate to contact them in case of need!

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