How to protect your readers during COVID-19

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This is a guest post.

People worldwide are alarmed over COVID-19, popularly known as Coronavirus. This virus causes symptoms such as a cough and shortness of breath, and has caused deaths globally.

However, this physical disease is also causing cyber concerns. Cybercriminals are promoting phishing emails talking about the coronavirus, and there is even a computer virus with the same name.

As a blogger, your readers look to you for guidance and authority in stressful times, regardless of what subject you post about.

There are many ways to protect your readers and keep your blog safe and assured during this stressful time.

Make sure your cybersecurity is up to date

Cybercriminals will take advantage of stressful times to steal people’s identities.

As a blogger, your readers trust you to protect their information. If you were to be hacked, any reader that visited your site or subscribed to you could have their identity compromised.

This means you must take every precaution to protect you and your reader’s information.

The best way is to make sure you have updated antivirus software installed on all devices you access the Internet with. This software will protect you from many threats such as adware, keyloggers, viruses, and unwanted applications.

It is also important you are running the newest versions of WordPress and your Office suite. This is as well as knowing how to spot phishing emails (antivirus software will help with this).

Only post accurate information

Currently, there is a significant amount of inaccurate information spreading about Coronavirus. As a blogger, your readers trust you to only post accurate information.

Before you post, make sure that all the information you cite is from a reliable source, such as the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, or other official sites.

Sharing inaccurate information can lead to people not taking the proper precautions to protect themselves against the virus and possibly infecting others.

It can also cause people to not seek medical attention when they should. Or on the other hand, visit the hospital when they could be better served by an urgent care or primary care physician.

If you see a scam, say something

Due to the fact that cybercriminals are always looking to take advantage of an unfortunate situation, there will be a surge in cyber scams in the upcoming weeks.

If you see an attempted scam or hear of one, do your readers a favour and alert them. Currently, many readers are concerned about this pandemic.

Groups that will be especially vulnerable to scams are the elderly, parents, teachers, and other communities directly affected by the virus.

Beyond this, scams are always a crime. It’s important to report them to the respective authorities in your country to prevent more identities from being stolen.

How do you protect your readers?

The coronavirus outbreak is rightfully causing concern worldwide. Whenever there is instability in the world, people look to those they trust. As a blogger, your readers look to you for reliable information and advice.

By taking precautions for both the coronavirus and coronavirus scams, you can help protect your readers and yourself through this stressful situation.

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Alice Elliott writes the award winning Fairy Blog Mother blog for beginner and post-beginner bloggers to “explain things really simply” about blogging and WordPress. She provides simple, easy to understand, highly visual courses and tutorials using ordinary, everyday words. Visit her new Beginner Bloggers blog to find her latest learning resources.
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