Saw an interesting article right in the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday Magazine section about information security – Cybercrime is on the rise. I love that cyber security is not only making the news, but it’s right in front of you when you’re settling in with your coffee and Sunday newspaper (for those of us who still read newsprint).
This article was written by Jenniffer Weigel, and is a report on a recent Norton cybercrime study.
Some results of the Norton cybercrime report: 431 million adults in 24 countries experienced some type of cybercrime over the past year. They stated, that in the U.S., that comes to 141 victims per minute!
The Norton spokesperson was suggesting some consumer apathy about it – stating that over 41 percent of users don’t have software security. And, that 3 times as many people have been victims of online crimes, but that they are more afraid of being robbed on the street.
The Norton study named the top three cybercrimes as viruses or malware; online credit card fraud; and phishing attack or other email scams.
- Don’t ignore software updates.
- Don’t share too much on Twitter or Facebook.
- Get creative with your passwords and change them frequently.
- Get an app for your mobile device that protects your data.
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