How to keep personal data and finances secure online?

Updated: Oct 31

Predictions for 2023 say that 3.6 devices will be connected per person globally. In the US and Canada, it will rise to 13.4 and to 9.4 devices per person in West Europe, Statista says.

Here is another statistic: people are spending an average of 4.8 hours a day on their mobile phones, according to app monitoring firm App Annie. But this is on average. If we break it down by generations, we see that it is going even worse.

Generation

On Phone More Than Preferable

Taking Steps to Reduce Screen Time

Baby Boomers

51.6%

31.3%

Gen X

66.7%

40.7%

Millennials

67.3%

30.5%

Gen Z

76.3%

41%

By explodingtopics.com


What do you think are we doing on the web? Having fun? Yes, it's right, but this is not the only answer. We provide ultra-precision data related to our personal life to the companies that store it. Are they keeping this data safe? Well, there are some statistics that can be disturbing, if not a reason for panic.


Search: How much money do hackers steal?

Global financial damages from #cybercrime totaled $6.1 trillion in 2021, according to Cybersecurity Ventures.

Global cybercrime costs will grow by 15 percent per year over the next years, reaching $10.5 trillion USD annually by 2025.

Just for your information: US GDP is $23 trillion, and China's is $13 trillion. So it is simple that Cybercrime will be the world's 3rd economy.

Cybercrime is not only about stealing money. Look deeper into it. With ultra-precision data in their hands, cybercriminals can turn a life of a person or a group into hell.

The question is what should be done. Well, unfortunately, there is not much to be done by individuals, but only to make our personal data safe on our end.

  • Set a strong password every time you sign in somewhere, and do not repeat the same password everywhere.

  • When signing in on new platforms, do not use your social accounts or Google account.

  • Set a 2-factor authentification.

  • Make all updates on mobile and other devices.

  • Understand what kind of apps and websites we use.

  • Look carefully at every link we get even from mom, particularly from mom. (Mom loves us, that's why she will immediately send a link "offering" a car as a prize :))

  • Stop sharing every moment of your life through posts, images, and videos.

There are more features for advanced web security

One of them is Google's Advanced Protection Program.

The Advanced Protection Program safeguards users with high visibility and sensitive information from targeted online attacks. New protection is automatically added to defend against today’s wide range of threats.


This is for people who are journalists, activists, accountants, lawyers, or those working with confidential data.

I hope this article was helpful and will persuade you to be more careful about data protection.


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