Safe Browsing

For most of us, browsing the internet is part of our daily lives – at work, at home, on-the-go. Some people probably even manage to check their Instagram and email while they sleep!

With our smartphones attached to our hands, hips and handbags, it’s never been easier to check email, send instant messages, look up directions… look up anything! On social media alone, there are more than 1.6 billion social network users worldwide, with more than 64% of internet users accessing social media services online.

But with this convenience and accessibility comes risk: cyber attacks, identity theft, online criminals and internet addiction are also very real threats to the safety of our everyday browsing.

Even the inventor of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee, recently voiced his concerns in about the internet’s future in an open letter. According to Berners-Lee, the three biggest threats facing the web today are:

  1. Losing control of our personal data
  2. The spread of fake news
  3. The lack of regulation around political advertising.

Indeed, the facts are frightening:

  • The estimated annual cost for cyber crime committed globally adds up to 100 billion dollars
  • More than 600, 000 Facebook accounts are compromised every single day
  • The average time to detect a malicious or criminal attack is 170 days
  • 99% of computers are vulnerable to exploit kits
  • 59% of employees steal proprietary corporate data when they quit or are fired.
  • Governments around the world are creating malware and using it as digital weapons or in espionage programs.
  • Hacktivism accounts for half of the cyber attacks launched in the world.
  • 68% of funds lost as a result of a cyber attack were declared unrecoverable

Bearing these concerns in mind, being vigilant about safe browsing applies to everything we do on the internet, from using apps to entering competition, downloading files, file-sharing, adding profile and other pictures and searching the web.

Click over to the articles section for helpful information on various topics about staying safe while using the internet.

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File Sharing

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Competitions

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Safe Searching

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