Due to critical nature of the new COVID-19 virus — many phishing & malware attacks are taking advantage of these alarms.  Security & privacy cyber-attacks are actively circulating.

Cyber-security best practice # 1 — Keep Windows 10, AV protection, and all other software/devices as up-to-date on security patches as possible.  Exercise best technical safeguards (AV, VPN, Firewall, Spam filters, complex PSWD, tight device security restrictions, etc).  Also “best practices” in computer safety allows us to be cautious in handling potentially dangerous items.

Cyber-security best practice # 2 — Avoid False & sensationalized email news alerts often share incorrect information. Treat every incoming email or link as if is already infected & use principle of avoidance & best safety practices to prevent infecting your computer or compromising privacy.

Personal safety during outbreakWe need to use principles above of avoidance & social distancing in our human contact.  COVID-19 is at least 10x more lethal than normal flu based on current statistics. Hopefully warmer weather in 4-8 weeks might curtail infections giving us some time to get better handle on outbreaks & we are all looking forward in returning to normal life.

Avoid EMAIL, website, and charity scams & malware click-bait
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2020/03/06/defending-against-covid-19-cyber-scams

Working from Home – Best Practices & Resources
https://www.pcmag.com/news/get-organized-20-tips-for-working-from-home
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-073a
https://www.pcmag.com/news/us-carriers-isps-remove-data-caps-during-coronavirus-outbreak

Below are some links that share factual & scientific developments that I’ve found useful to follow:

CDC Prevention & Best health practices
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

World Health Organization – daily bulletins
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/situation-reports

WORLD-WIDE INFECTIONS … official John Hopkins tracking site
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Medical & Scientific articles
https://www.newscientist.com/term/covid-19/

Interesting personal account from recovered victim
https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/opinion/article/I-have-the-coronavirus-So-far-it-isn-t-that-bad-15093664.php