Cold and Flu season is upon us and like many people you may try self-diagnosing medical conditions by using the internet to search your symptoms.
Many Australians are searching online for medical advice to avoid making that doctors appointment.
At DeFreitas Computers we understand the risks surrounding internet safety and while most people associate internet safety to relate to security risks such as viruses, malware, phishing, cyber predators and others what about your personal health?
So what is Cyberchondria?
Cyberchondria is a growing concern among many healthcare practitioners as patients can now research any and all symptoms of a rare disease, illness or condition, and manifest a state of medical anxiety.
Misdiagnosing your health issues could be fatal and there are many websites which may seem genuine and trustworthy but contain false information which when acted on could be very harmful.
While the internet is a great source of information we recommend always consulting your local healthcare practitioner.