Cybercriminals in an increasingly connected world

If at some point in your life you have doubted the importance of the Internet in our daily lives, the health crisis that the whole world is going through has surely changed that view.

And you know very well, internet you used it a lot. And for good reason the confinement. Being in the difficulty of moving as usual, visiting our loved ones or shopping, going to work or school. It was necessary to find an alternative to pass on the necessary confinement moment under certain appropriate conditions. And it is thanks to the internet that it has been possible.

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According to a Dashlane analysis, 59% of the world's population has been constantly connected to the Internet. "As we adapt our lives to "social distance," there is a growing number of people counting on the Internet to interact with their loved ones and see them, whether through a laptop, tablet or smart speaker (Amazon Echo, Google Home or Facebook Portal). Our professional life has also changed. Video conferencing apps are booming, one of the most popular – Zoom – has grown from about 10 million daily users in December 2019 to more than 300 million in March 2020. says Emmanuel Schalit, CEO of Dashlane.

And that's not all, a large majority of households have for the first time used the online services that it had neglected from the beginning, according to a survey conducted by EY. British consumers have shown an 18% increase in video calling usage. In terms of online shopping and television programming, there was a 9% increase at this level, but with a net change in demand for digital connection and of course broadcast content. Because of the pandemic.

An increase in the use of digital services has been viewed with suspicion by many cybersecurity experts. Many of them did not fail to point out that the coronavirus pandemic had not discouraged cyber malice, but that on the contrary it could serve as a springboard. And this was confirmed in an analysis conducted by Proofpoint a company specializing in the provision of security solutions, where it could be realized that malicious emails during the topic of coronavirus or covid-19 is it largely to be among the spam detected during this period. We're talking about more than 500,000 emails, 200,000 malicious attachments and 200,000 malicious domain names.

In addition, some cyber-phishing activities in particular phishing scams did not fail to attract attention because of a significant increase. And this is understandable in a context where the pandemic has created a kind of psychosis that always moves users to want to know more. On top of that, telework has forced thousands of people to work from home. It is not uncommon to see false reports from the World Health Organization or the ministries of health and our various countries circulating in our mailboxes. In this way, cyber criminals can take full advantage not only to steal personal information, often of a financial nature, but also to install malware by spreading it via spam and malicious attachments.

"One of the simplest but most neglected ways to protect ourselves is to review the password practices we use. It is essential to have a unique password for each account, to ensure that even if one account is hacked, your other accounts remain secure. We found that the average user has more than 150 online accounts, so it's impossible to remember every password for every service you use. That's why password managers like Dashlane do it very well for you. explains Dashlane's CEO. Therefore, each user must ensure that the passwords that 'use' are strong enough to prevent cyber criminals from cracking as simply as possible. Especially in the face of brute force attacks. Hence the usefulness of password managers. It is also recommended that you change your passwords regularly. The reason for this advice lies in the fact many attacks by remaining unnoticed for months, because the same password used all this time.

In addition, here are some bonus tips:

– Update its browser and applications as well as its operating system

– Regularly check your various bank accounts or online payment systems to make sure you have not been the victim of any intrusion.

– Use anywhere whenever possible dual factor authentication to increase the security of access to your accounts.

– Never forget but this palace of antivirus solutions on your devices whether it's smartphones tablets or computers.

– Learn how to encrypt the contents of your computer, smartphone or tablet.

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