Digital and online security is a much debated upon topic. For one, the all-pervasive nature of technology and digital devices cannot be undermined in modern life. We all are glued to our phones and hooked onto social networking sites. We access these from our phones, laptops, tablets and thereby leave our digital footprint across multiple devices.
The increased presence of the digital world in our life and our dependency on it has left us at the risk of malware attacks. The Websense 2013 Threat Report categorically said that the risk of digital malware is on the rise, that the attacks on the internet by virus’, trojans, etc. are only set to increase. Now, a report by Symantec says that mobile phones are becoming the point-of-attacks too. The report states, ‘Forty-four per cent of the mobile users received text messages from someone they did not know, requesting that they click on an embedded link or dial an unknown number to retrieve a voicemail.’ It is messages and links like this that people are falling prey to and thereby becoming susceptible to attacks.
The number of smartphone/phone users in India is increasing by the day, the number of social media users in India is set to touch the 6.6 crore mark by June 2013 and according to reports by 2014 number of mobile phones will equal the population of the globe. All these facts are indicative of the increased usage of technology/mobile devices among the masses. It was only in December 2012 that we reported how social media and mobile will be cybercrime hot-beds.
Ritesh Chopra, country sales manager (India and SAARC) of Symantec Software Solutions says, “Today all these malwares, spywares and trojans are hitting each one of us with the perspective of getting monetary benefit.”
Since the threat is known, people, agencies and governments are working towards finding viable solutions. Recently, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and Kaspersky joined hands to launch an online safety campaign in the country, Airtel worked on building a safe mobile ecosystem and Britain asked India to set up a Joint Cyber Security TaskForce.
While the threats are on the rise, so are the efforts to combat the danger. Nonetheless, it falls on people to not get lured by text messages and dubious links and to stay away from making calls on unknown numbers and clicking on forwarded links. Wouldn’t you agree?
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