New Delhi, May 8, 2020: Google India’s website focussed on Covid-19 related security risks is now available in the Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Bangla language. The site has information about online risks and scams and help users stay safe online.
Google’s Threat Analysis Group continuously monitors for sophisticated hacking activity, and their security systems have detected a range of new scams such as phishing emails posing as messages from charities and NGOs battling COVID-19, directions from “administrators” to employees working from home, and even notices spoofing healthcare providers.
With many of the COVID-19 related scams coming in the form of phishing emails, it’s important to pause and evaluate any COVID-19 related email before clicking any links or taking other action. Users should be wary of requests for personal information such as home addresses or bank details. Fake links often imitate established websites by adding extra words or letters to them—check the URL’s validity by hovering over it (on desktop) or with a long press (on mobile), taking care not to click any suspicious links.