How to Avoid Scams and Malware During the Royal Wedding

Threats & Hacks

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” – Jane Austen

There are few non-sporting events that draw as much attention from all over the world as the wedding of an heir to the British monarchy. When Prince Charles married Diana, television told the story. For the marriage of Prince William and Catherine, the Internet will not only broadcast the images it will also allow us to engage in a global conversation in real-time.

Until the ceremony takes place on April 29 and for a few days after, you’ll probably see the word “wedding” more often than an avid reader of Jane Austen does. One report says that the wedding is being mentioned every 10 seconds online, and the guests haven’t arrived yet. Most of the headlines and links featuring “the wedding” will lead to legitimate sites—but some will invariably lead to a variety of scams and malware. This is true when celebrities die, when disaster strikes and you can expect the same when Catherine says “I do” to William.

If you’re actively avoiding the wedding, you’ll avoid most of the risks. But for you royal watchers out there, here are a few tips for avoiding digital wedding crashers.

1. Follow the official site, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube pages.

These official sources are going your safest sources of information. Of course, users can post links in the comments. So avoid links users post unless you trust the domain being linked or check the link with a resource like our free Browsing Protection.

2. Search for Royal Wedding news using Google and Bing’s News Filters.
Google has recently changed its algorithm to deliver safer, higher quality results. However, during breaking news rogue sites use the dark arts of search engine optimization to zoom up search results. This doesn’t happen, however, in Google and Bing’s news sites. Why? The news sites listed there have all been vetted and verified. Click on news, if it is available in your area, and click without worry.

3. Make sure your PC is patched and protected.
Every month, at least, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe and the world’s biggest software makers release updates to their products that plug security holes. These updates are often crucial for your online safety. However, checking for updates for every program on your PC can be time-consuming and confusing. Our Health Check makes the process easy. Give it a try to protect yourself from those bad clicks we all occasionally make.

Cheers,
Sandra

CC image by humberpike

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