The COVID-19 outbreak has greatly increased our usage and reliance on the internet, giving hackers more opportunities to scam people with malware and phishing attacks.

According to a report from Google, these nefarious actors are proving to be very successful. Google found there were 149,195 active phishing websites in January. That number rose by 50 percent in February to 293,235 websites. Now, in March, there are 522,495—a 350 percent increase since the beginning of the year.

What can you do about these phishing attacks? We advise you to pay attention to the websites you go to—the URL is usually a dead giveaway. And open only those emails that come from a trusted source. You should also use a password manager and a VPN to keep your information safe and privacy intact.

Source: https://www.pcmag.com/news/phishing-attacks-increase-350-percent-amid-covid-19-quarantine

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