We rely on the internet for pretty much everything these days, but it’s surprising just how many of us don’t know much about cybersecurity and how it works. It’s probably time for that to change (especially if we want to keep all our personal data safe!) So with that in mind, here are 5 cyber security facts you probably didn’t know about. 

1. We all need to use VPNs

Whilst they’re very much not a one-size-fits-all solution to anyone surfing online, it’s fair to say that we all need to rely on VPNs much more than we do – if we want to keep our data safe and our details secure when we’re browsing – even more so if we’re out and about and using public wi-fi. Anyone who wants to learn more about how a VPN works should look into investing in a reliable one from a trusted provider. VPNs are the future of safe browsing. 

2. Having anti-virus software on it’s own is enough to protect from threats

Hackers are getting increasingly clever and sneaky – and so having anti-virus protection on your devices isn’t enough to protect you from threats. Layered security solutions are best including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, email filtering, and patch management. One stat might shock you – in the UK only 49% of businesses say they’ve got a proper cyber security system in place and over in the USA “20% of Cyber Security Executives and Pros Wouldn’t Bet a Chocolate Bar on Their Cyber Security”. 

3. Strong passwords alone won’t protect private data

It shouldn’t need to be said but having ‘password’ as your….password in today’s digital age is simply a no-go, but you’d be surprised at the number of people who still use weak choices like this as their security on personal accounts. Even choosing a strong password isn’t enough – multi-factor authentication is best. Did you know that there are 23.2 million people who use ‘123456’ as their login on secure accounts for websites? No wonder hacking is on the increase…

4. Phishing scams aren’t as easy to spot as you think

Some phishing scams are obvious – dodgy emails from fake addresses, for instance, and they’re easily reported and blocked. However, some of them are getting increasingly clever and sophisticated. Some of the newest threats include clever QR Code scams and SIM-swapping tactics. Poor cybersecurity training and a lack of concern or knowledge when looking out for scams are blamed for this. In a recent survey conducted in the UK, over 80% of 2000 charities surveyed said phishing scams had targeted them.

5. Not enough people are backing up data

Too many people are assuming that data is safe on their devices – and relying on cloud services to keep everything safe for them. Even with these kinds of reliable technology, the onus is still on the user to make sure they’re backing up their data properly. Regular backups of your phone, laptop, and desktops using proper software are the only way to ensure you’re 100% protected against losing everything you’ve worked on or need to keep safe – such as photos and videos. 

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Last Update: May 29, 2024