Don't be fooled this April 1; what World Backup Day can teach consumers
SINGAPORE, March 29, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As April approaches, consumers and businesses should reflect on the unexpected cybersecurity lessons World Backup Day (March 31) and April Fools' Day can teach. People and organisations working, sharing, and storing information on home or workplace networks should use these events as a prompt to check their data privacy practices and cybersecurity hygiene, according to ESET.
Increasingly, organisations and individuals are falling prey to phishing scams and fraud. Far from a light-hearted April Fools' joke, these ploys trick many users into handing over sensitive information. Hackers are becoming more skilled at duping us, and stealing both information and money. According to the Singapore Police Force (SPF), people aged 65 and above were cheated of S$88,000 from January to September last year. These scams typically come by way of SMSes or WhatsApp messages. If we are extra vigilant to not fall for pranks on April Fools' Day, we can exercise the same caution the other 364 says of the year.
Consumers, employees, and businesses are also succumbing to various forms of hacking attacks. Data from business files to personal finances can be breached when cybercriminals gain access to home or workplace networks. This can occur as users click spam messages that provide hackers with a gateway into the system, or as a result of brute force attacks. According to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), over 22,000 Indian websites, including 114 government websites, were hacked from between April 2017 and January 2018.
Nick FitzGerald, senior research fellow, ESET, said, "The increasing rate and danger of hacking attempts means users need to exercise enhanced caution to protect themselves. Organisations should educate employees on how to identify suspicious emails and other activity, and both businesses and individuals should always back up their data."
"Cybercriminals tend to hack into networks to steal money, personal information, and intellectual property or for political motives; they can also steal sentimental items like family photos. It's important for people to use events like World Backup Day to review and improve their data storage and management processes."
ESET recommends users consider alternative and additional data storage options, to ensure data is never lost to hackers:
Nick FitzGerald said, "Keeping data safe can be challenging and complex. Cybercriminals are constantly developing methods to dupe us into handing over passwords or financial information, and figuring out how to penetrate private networks. Data compromise and loss can be devastating for victims. It's critical on this World Backup Day that people review and revise their data storage practices."
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