During the last weeks we have observed how the coronavirus has been located at the epicenter of current news. The outbreak has even infected the network: it has sneaked in the form of malware, under the guise of pdfs, MP4s, and docxes, which supposedly contain information to protect themselves from the virus.
The “hook” has led many users to download malicious files that jeopardize your safety and your online privacy.
An issue that Acierto.com wanted to return to due to the rise of teleworking. And it is that according to the data of your last report, until 9 out of 10 do not know how to protect themselves properly. A lack of knowledge that affects the creation of strong passwords, the dumping of personal information online, etc. But it is not the only figure that triggers the alarms.
Strong passwords, a pending issue for Spaniards
Thus, Spain currently has almost 40 million users. And a penetration rate of smartphones over 96%. More than 32 million people surf their mobile phone every day, and up to 58% of children between the ages of 9 and 16 use the Internet every day. In addition, we spend up to 5 hours and 18 minutes daily connected.
However, our online experience does not make us more responsible, or “wiser”. For starters, up to 89% don’t know how to create a strong password capable of protecting you. And only 8% are aware of their lack of knowledge and the dangers to which they are exposed by not doing so. The rest believe that it is enough that it does not contain your username or to alternate capitals and numbers.
Other common mistakes are using the same password for all services and not changing it as often as required. In this regard, the Acierto.com report reveals that only 7% change it every week, while 13% do it from time to time. 32% of respondents said they do it from time to time, 31% almost never, and up to 17% never.
The Spanish do not update their equipment
The lack of caution goes beyond navigation, since even 2 out of 5 ignore update notifications automatically from your computer. As a consequence, more than half of Spaniards have been affected by a computer virus, mainly malware (as in the case of the coronavirus).
How to protect yourself from a cyber attack
Fortunately, there are several ways to protect yourself. The first thing will be to learn how to create a strong password. This should, in addition to the comments, toggle lower case and symbols or punctuation marks; exceed eight characters in length (the longer, more secure) and disregard the name of the service itself, as well as data such as the name and year of birth of the user.
Also, some companies offer the possibility of contract computer assistance in your home insurance. This is a coverage that will give us technical support –both in the use of software and hardware– and will respond to the most common problems in Internet access, attacks by computer viruses and the like. All without having to spend additional money on professional fees. Most policies with this coverage include telephone counseling.
Also exist policies designed for companies that allow companies to protect themselves from these problems. These are products that can cover from legal advice and investigation of the leak, to the costs of civil liability, the restoration of the equipment, the recovery of the software, the fines that may be incurred by the State Agency for Data Protection , etc.