Saturday, September 27, 2014

Do you know the total size of the internet?

Security & Privacy

Security & Privacy 

Are You Really Safe Online?

what size is the internet
With increasing human inhabitants surfing the internet, the size of the web in the past five years has almost doubled, from 1.319 billion in 2007 to 2.26 billion today!

An immense rise in usage has an exponential effect on everything we do online like Facebook updates, daily tweets to Twitter, mobile data and Google information searches. With the rise in population over the world wide web spam emails have increased dramatically even as the use of email declines thanks to social media programs offering email options. We willingly share so much about ourselves on and in these platforms that the risk of using these programs has increased exponentially. The number of unique threats like, Phishing Scams, Spam emails, Virus attacks, stolen personal information, per day has increased from 57 in 2008 to an eyebrow-raising 6,300 this year alone!

Online security tools we use today have improved  correspondingly. But you the user must be proactive and take measures to ensure that our desktop computers, laptops, Android smartphones, Apple iPhones, and tablets are protected.

Phishing Scam - What To Look For

"Phishing scams are cleverly disguised communications through which scammers attempt to get your account login credentials. These scams most commonly show up in the form of email messages, but may also appear through instant messages, text messages, and even in phone calls.

These phishing messages are designed to appear as though they were sent by a legitimate company. In email phishing, scammers will usually forge the From email address to make it appear to be from the company or person it is pretending to be. They will also use logos and graphics from the legitimate company’s web site and create an email which looks similar or identical to actual messages the company might send.

The links contained within an email phishing message usually lead the recipient to a false website. These false sites are usually identical or very similar to the site to which the recipient thinks they are traveling. Once the recipient has “logged in,” however, the site owner (scammer/phisher) has and can use the recipient’s login information. Sometimes these sites will contain additional fields to be completed and often request that the victim update their banking, payment, or other sensitive information."

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