How much do you care about the security of your data on the internet? The answer to that question is the kick to Unisys Security Index. The well-known annual indicator measures how users feel about technology and digital security. In 2019 the conclusion, too, a warning: the highest index of the last ten years.
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This means that, with 190 points, Brazil was above the world average for data security concern, which is 175. The numbers make sense, especially when compared to another study, which gave rise to the Internet Security Threats Report of the Symantec this year. In this, the conclusion was that Brazil is the seventh country with the most hacking attacks worldwide, considering various types of vulnerabilities such as viruses, malware, phishings and cloud attacks.
Already the survey conducted by Unisys indicates that, in 2009, the Security Index was at 119, which resulted in an increase of almost 50%. Compared to last year, two more points were registered. The statistics were compiled from 13,000 interviews conducted in the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, England, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand.
Brazil the 7th most hacked country in the world Photo: Divulgao / Bully Hunters
Respondents were asked about their concerns about document theft, viruses on computers and smartphones, leakage of bank data, among others. The Philippines is the leader in the digital security concern index, while the Netherlands is more relaxed.
In Brazil, 85% of respondents said they were or know people who have been victims of at least one type of threat or cyber crime. In addition, 69% believe that a unified identification record would improve data security on the network. Also according to the Unisys Security Index, 76% of Brazilians who participated in the survey are concerned about identity theft and 63% fear personal safety-related physical injury risks within the next six months.
Other important data is associated with financial concerns, national security and internet use. For example, 75% of respondents in Brazil fear that their bank cards will be fraudulent. Still in the area of digital security, 62% were apprehensive about natural disasters and 55% about war and terrorism. Lastly, 69% worry about virus and hacker attacks and threats.
If technological advances contribute to the leakage of personal data, it is also thanks to him that we can protect ourselves from criminal attacks on the network. According to Guilherme Neves, cyber security expert and professor of the postgraduate course at UniCarioca, Brazil has become one of the favorite targets for cybercrime. He says that according to a survey by digital security company Trend Micro, the country concentrates 10.75% of global cases, behind only the United States, which holds 11.5% of episodes.
Keep your operating system up to date on one of the ways to protect your data. Photo: Rassa Delphim / TechTudo
So that you can protect yourself from this and other types of cybercrime, TechTudo brings you some expert tips. Check out:
- Whenever you have a link in the email, be suspicious Especially if it was not requested. S click the link if you are sure. Mouse over and verify the address. Also check the source email. Click on the name and see if the email matches the sender's. Often the attacker uses a known name but with a fake email.
- Keep your antivirus up to date Use paid antivirus and preferably with artificial intelligence component.
- Keep your operating system up to date Install all available security updates. Before installing, make a backup or recovery point. If the update has any incompatibilities with your systems, you have to go back to the backup or recovery point.
- Keep your backup up to date and when done, remove the backup mediaNever leave connected, otherwise when attacked, your backup will be encrypted as well.
Neves also leaves an important tip for companies:
- Hire a security professional Have some really capable to manage your infrastructure. It is important to do vulnerability testing and hacking periodically. Every 6 months, if it is from the financial sector or regulated sectors, or every 12 months for other areas.
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