By Mark Jones, • March 16, 2020

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We’re definitely living in strange times. The coronavirus pandemic has most everyone in a panic, leading to empty grocery store shelves and a shortage on toilet paper. Not only that, but some stores are even running out of bags to pack and carry out the products and groceries you actually do find to buy.

It’s scary out there, but we will get through this together. Staying up to date on the latest information is key but you really need to be careful where you find it — especially if you’re looking on social media. There is just so much misinformation it’s overwhelming. Tap or click here for official Twitter accounts with accurate coronavirus news.

Misinformation is bad enough, but there are even worse fates for information-seekers out there. Hackers are taking advantage of coronavirus fears and are trying to digitally loot as much as they can. So what can you do about it? Start with a little help from Microsoft.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipInstagram bans coronavirus filter

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Microsoft releases helpful coronavirus tool

Microsoft is using its Bing search engine to help people stay informed about the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread. It’s created a map that tracks the disease and gives you the latest numbers of confirmed cases worldwide.

The Bing map shows the number of active cases globally, as well as the number of coronavirus fatalities and how many people have recovered after contracting the disease. To see the map, type directly into your web browser.

This map constantly updates using data compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization. It’s a good resource if you’re looking for quick information related to COVID-19.

Cybercriminals exploiting trusted coronavirus tracking map

If you want to track the spreading of COVID-19, there is another online map that’s safe to use. It’s a digital map from Johns Hopkins University that lists all of the confirmed cases, as well as the current rate of progression and fatalities. If you want to stay up to date, be sure to bookmark it.

So we have two legitimate maps, but here’s the problem: Cybercriminals are using the Johns Hopkins coronavirus tracking map to reel in new victims. They are creating malicious websites that have the map posted, along with download links. Read more here: