Got a lazy $1.3 billion? That’s how much Norton LifeLock
says Aussies lost to Cybercrime in 2018. Not only that but those 31% of Australians lost 37 million hours
trying to recover from the effects of ransomware and cyber-shenanigans.
The 2018 Norton Lifelock Cyber Safety Insights Report (here) Australia is an online survey of 1,002 adults, and the figures are alarming. Of course, they represent ‘extrapolated’ figures to the whole of Australia, but the fact remains – 31% of respondents have been cyber-hoodwinked.
The Norton Lifelock report covers global figures as well as a range of IoT and children’s online safety.
The most common cybercrimes
experienced by Australians include:
26% – malicious software on a computer, Wi-Fi
network smartphone, tablet, smart home or another
14% – unauthorised access on online
banking or another financial account.
12% – unauthorised access on an email account.
Fortunately, media alerting Australians to online dangers seems to be working
GadgetGuy has a special eSafety category and publishes all it can to keep readers safe.
more alarmed than ever about their privacy.
longer have an overwhelming sense of trust in providers to manage and protect
personal data with
trusting financial services
trust in social media and 17% have #DeleteFaceBook in the past 12 months – that
need to be far higher if we want to force change on the insidious social media giant
do want control of their privacy – but as usual,
are too lazy to do so
to do more to protect their privacy
readily accept risks to their online privacy to make life more convenient
the pursuit of convenience
willing to freely give/sell companies personal
give/sell internet search history
Despite increasing awareness of security concerns, only 19% would be willing to pay for
a currently free service to protect their information.
Mark Gorrie, Territory Manager and Cyber Security expert –
ANZ, Norton by Symantec said,
“Norton LifeLock research shows that each Australian stands to lose hundreds of dollars each year as a result of cybercrime. Over half the population will experience this in their lifetime. Our cybersafety is inherently tied to trust, the transmission, collection, and storage of our personal information has never been greater than it is today. Australians are aware that their data is being collected by websites, social media sites, our apps, and smart home devices. Yet many people don’t understand the value of this information, nor understand who is responsible for keeping it secure and confidential, putting themselves at risk of cybercrime.”
Norton LifeLock recommends
Safeguard yourself: To help protect your devices
and information from the latest online threats, use a paid, robust
multi-platform security solution, such as Norton Security Premium, and update
Never open suspicious-looking emails: Cybercriminals send fake emails or texts that
may look legitimate. The links in these emails or texts contain malicious
software that can download malware and spyware. The software may be able to
mine your computer for personal information, which is then sent to a remote computer where the attacker could sell the
information on the dark web or use the information to commit identity theft.
Make use of a VPN on public Wi-Fi: Many public
Wi-Fi connections are unencrypted. This
could give cybercriminals a chance to
snoop on data being sent and received by your device. If there are software
vulnerabilities on your device, attackers can inject malware to help them gain
access to your data. In some cases, attackers create fake Wi-Fi hotspots
purporting to be legitimate networks.
Own your online presence: Carefully read the
terms and conditions before opening an account or downloading an application,
including social media accounts. Be sure to set the privacy and security
settings on web services and devices to your comfort level for information
Get two steps ahead and manage your passwords: Switch
on two-step verification or multi-factor authentication wherever offered to
prevent unauthorised access to your online accounts. Always change the default
passwords to something strong and unique on your devices, services, and Wi-Fi
Educate your child about online safety: Don’t
just tell them to be careful online, show them how. Spend time with your child
online and guide them through how to have a positive relationship with
Be cautious of over-sharing your child’s life on
social media: You are creating your child’s digital identity. Ensure your
social media posts positively present your child.