Cyberspace, the Internet, computer networks, the digital world – call it what you will – is always developing and so are the threats and risks of being online.
The festive period is an ideal time for cyber criminals to strike
It will come as no surprise that Christmas is by far the busiest period for online shopping, with online sales accounting for £25 billion during Christmas 2016 (IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index, January 2017).
The festive period is an ideal time for cyber criminals to strike, and according to the Barclays DigiSafe Christmas Survey, fraud victims will lose an estimated £1.3 billion this Christmas.
Cyber crime is increasing and has become a multibillion-pound industry. Cyber attacks come in various forms and are designed to not only target technological weaknesses but also exploit people and a lack of organisational processes and procedures.
10 tips to stay safe
The Barclays DigiSafe Christmas Survey also highlighted that 42% of those questioned are not confident about their online security.
It doesn’t matter if you are working in the most mature enterprise environment, unemployed, retired or still at school, whether you often have a smartphone in your hand or only use an e-reader, you are at risk.
December’s book of the month, Security in the Digital World, provides ten indispensable personal digital security tips to help you stay safe online:
Protect yourself from cyber criminals this winter
This must-have guide features simple explanations, examples and advice to help you be security-aware online in the digital age.
Learn how to:
- Keep your information secure;
- Put the necessary controls on your home network, protecting your family from cyber crime;
- Prevent identity theft when shopping online or using contactless payment; and
- Keep your children safe when using the Internet.