In the current Covid-19 pandemic, a number of countries have implemented social distancing policies to break the chain of the spread of the corona virus outbreak. It also makes many people rely on technology, such as various online applications to support their activities while at home.
Even so, digital platforms are still considered to pose security risks. Based on data obtained from Google , security holes and online fraud modes such as phishing efforts via e-mail are now a trend during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Google also found many sites filled with malware in the login pages of social media accounts, health institutions, even resembling the official page of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
“We find about 18 million malware and phishing attempts regarding Covid-19, and more than 240 million spam messages related to it around the world every day,” said Mark Risher, Senior Director for Account Security, Identity, and Abuse, Google.
“Our team continues to monitor the development of online security threats related to Covid-19 in order to provide adequate information and can protect our users,” he continued in a secure Internet call conference session, Thursday (4/24/2020).
To protect users from various risks, Google also shares some tips that can be done to avoid these security holes.
1. How to detect and avoid scams related to Covid-19 Most Covid-19 scams appear in the form of phishing emails, users are asked not to rush and re-check the email they have received before clicking on the link listed.
2. Use a company e-mail account for everything related to work Company accounts usually offer additional security features to keep company privacy safe. If concerned about online security methods at the company, users are asked to contact IT staff at the company to ensure proper security features have been activated such as 2-Step Authentication.
3. Activate the password when using the video conferencing application When conducting a meeting via the video conferencing application, don’t forget to activate the password or PIN feature to help ensure that the meeting can only be accessed by invited participants.
4. Install device security updates Update the device to fix known vulnerabilities, which are usually searched for and exploited by hackers.
5. Use a password manager to create and store passwords securely To keep privacy safe, don’t forget to always use a unique and difficult-to-guess password. The password management tool found on Android, Chrome, and Google Accounts can later make it easier for users to manage their passwords.
6. Protect your personal Google account If you use a Google Account, you can use the Security Check tool to review security issues that just occurred. Later you will get personalized recommendations to help protect your data and devices. Google also recommends that users continue to use the 2-Step Verification feature.
7. Supervise children when using the device Parents can use Family Link to create accounts according to the age of the child, control which applications children can download, and monitor their activities when using gadgets.