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.
A major factor in the rise of these scams is fake COVID-19 websites, which may promise a cure or treatment in exchange for personal information. A security company has tracked coronavirus keywords to determine that over 300,000 suspicious COVID-19 websites have been created between March 9 and March 23.
What can you do about these phishing attacks?
– Pay attention to the websites you go to—the URL is usually a dead giveaway.
– Open only those emails that come from a trusted source.
– Use a password manager.
– Use a VPN to keep your information safe and privacy intact.