German IT security manufacturer G DATA gives security tips on the European Action Day
Data theft, identity theft, insults: Every second Internet user was a victim of cybercrime in 2018. This is the result of a survey conducted by the digital association Bitkom. Most online users (23 percent) complain about the illegal use of their personal data or the disclosure of their information to third parties. Internet users, however, are not only confronted with theft or fraud. One in ten (10 percent) says that they have been verbally attacked or insulted on the Internet. Safer Internet Day 2019 will therefore be held on 5 February under the motto "Together for a better internet". On the occasion of the European Action Day, the German IT security manufacturer G DATA from Bochum will be giving tips on how best to protect yourself.
Trojans, viruses, malware or phishing - does this link lead to a harmless site? Or is it a fraud attempt? And what is the best way for Internet users to protect themselves against a cyber attack? Time and again, the media report about cyber attacks, the theft of sensitive data or malware - but there is effective protection.
"Many Internet users play with the security of their own digital identity, because they don't know the risks or see themselves as interesting targets for cyber criminals. Successful attacks are then particularly easy for the perpetrators to carry out," explains Eddy Willems, Security Svangelist at the IT security company G DATA. "Users can protect themselves against online attacks, cyberbullying and the like if they already follow a few simple security tips".
Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual global Safer Internet Day event organised by the European Union. It takes place every year on the second day of the second week of the second month. The initiative calls for actions and events around internet safety around the world.