Consumers face the risks of ransomware

One thing is for sure, everyone is starting to hear more and more about these computer attacks that are not ending.

Many consumers of digital services have already faced a similar situation or their data have been misused or poorly protected, so that cybercriminals have seized it. Faced with these situations, individuals have begun to take a closer look at the phenomenon and, of course, to become aware of the threat. Specialists "increasing consumer awareness." In a way this is a good war. "In recent months, consumer data has been more coveted by hackers than ever before, and no one is immune.

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Everyone can learn, through an article or email, that their data was stolen during an attack on the employer, a company to which the data was entrusted, or a public institution. Of course, any entity that is somewhat responsible will inform consumers about the circumstances of the attack, the solutions it wishes to bring to this problem and finally the consequences that will follow. "Says Jean-Pierre Boushira, Vice President Of Southern Region at Veritas Technologies, a company specializing in digital service offerings.

The question that is therefore legitimate to ask is whether this awareness is beautiful and effective. Can we really say that ordinary individuals now know what they are exposed to when they connect to the Internet or when they entrust their data to websites?

Let us take the situation from a fairly simple point of view. The major problem with consumer safety, they tend to believe that the hacker is not interested in where their personal information will not be interested. For them, their data will be drowned out among thousands of thousands of data already stolen by them. Some neglect precautionary measures on the basis that only their names and first names are not dangerous enough to cause them trouble in the future. This is what the Vice President of the Southern Region at Veritas Technologies points out: "Some consumers may not feel concerned, believing that their information will be of little interest to hackers or that they will be drowned out by tens of gigabytes. Others will think that they will fall through the cracks, that it is only their name and first name and that it will have little consequence. ». However, such an approach is totally wrong. Regardless of personal information, cybercriminals will be able to use it if necessary. What is a little reassuring in all this, more and more consumers are beginning to be sensitized about the computer threat as a whole. The aspect of the cyber threat that attracts their attention the most is nothing more than ransomware.

Many citizens today do not hesitate to point the finger at companies that stand up to be victims of computer attacks especially ransomware. For them, it is the managers of these companies who must be considered to be the first culprits of the lack of security of their personal data.

In a study conducted by Veritas Technologies last June, interviewees said they were fully aware of the situation in the cybersecurity sector. According to 79% of respondents, companies should improve their IT security in some way by using much more efficient tools. For 62% of respondents, backing up data may be a solution to improve the same security.

"Awareness of the growing threat of attacks is on the rise. However, many efforts are still to be made and experts, both data and security, need to be pedagogical and prevention more than ever. The democratization of good reflexes and habits will help consumers not only to guard against certain attacks (phishing, etc.). but also to adopt the right behavior in the event of an attack: alert the competent IT services, determine the circumstances of the attack and limit the spread as best as possible. In the end, by adopting the right gestures of data culture and cybersecurity, they will no longer be subjects but actors of data protection," concludes Jean-Pierre Boushira.

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