Jun 21, 2021

Would you be surprised to learn that under 25s and over 75s are the most vulnerable to cyber-crime attacks?

Changes we have experienced over the last year has created a whole host of new opportunities for cyber-criminals. We’ve become so much more reliant on the internet, and for cyber-criminals the newest users of online channels have been a big target.

In 2020, the number of bot attacks on global transactions grew by 100 million! Unsurprisingly, the e-commerce sector experienced the largest growth in bot attack volume compared to other industries as we have been forced to shop online more than ever now.

Why are under 25s and over 75s most at risk to these attacks?

It’s often presumed that young adults who have grown up around tech are highly tech savvy. But many of them tend to be much more relaxed about things like sharing their personal data, which can put them in this vulnerable position.

In contrast, the over 75s are generally considered to be much newer to the internet. Being unfamiliar with the internet increases their vulnerability to scams and phishing attacks.

3 Ways to Protect Yourself From Cyber Attacks 

So, how can you protect yourself from the increasing cyber-attacks? And how can you help those you know in these vulnerable age groups? Here are 3 ways you can protect yourself from cyber-attacks today:

  1. Beware of Phishing emails

If you receive an email that looks suspicious then treat it that way.  Don’t open any links from these emails. These emails are designed to make you click on links. These links are often ways for cyber criminals to install malware on your device.

  1. Protect your computer

Installing anti-virus software on your device will help protect you. Firewalls help prevent unauthorized access to your computer through viruses and malware. And Anti-spam software can help guard against phishing emails by prevent spam and junk email from entering your inbox.

  1. Shop Safely

When shopping online, make sure the website uses secure technology. You can check in address bar to see if there is a tiny padlock symbol. Click on this to see if the website is encrypted or not.

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