CYBER SECURITY: OUR WEAKNESS IS YOUR STRENGTH
Madrid, November 18, 2020. With more than 4 billion people online and growing, more and more people are susceptible to cyber-attacks. After the health crisis, this number of Internet users has increased considerably. Teleworking is one of the clearest causes, turning our home into our digital professional environment and consequently into a new place of attack. In 2019, in Spain, cyberattacks grew by 36% and the upward trend continues. However, it is currently estimated that only around 5% of cyberattacks are reported, taking into account that the legislation is in a transition process in order to regulate these cases as effectively as possible.
"No one is spared a cyber-attack, not only big companies and powerful people are the focus of cyber criminals but everyone", notes Mr. Rosell. It is important to understand that this is one of the threats of this new digital era and that we must rely on mistrust to avoid attacks on our information and privacy. He also points out that "paid antivirus programs that are not paid for, but downloaded illegally, always contain malware".
Everything connected to the network is an open door for all cyber-crooks who want to obtain information or data. Any digitized object can be a key tool for hackers, even a coffee maker or a refrigerator. So we must be aware that we are part of this system and be cautious.
In order to protect ourselves from these attacks, Jose Rosell recommends keeping the door to our networks closed by following several guidelines. One of these is to change the router's user and password from time to time, as well as changing the default one. He also points out that we should change the default credentials of all our devices and install reliable antivirus software on all those devices that allow it. Under no circumstances should we install 'pirate' software or software from unreliable sources, as this is one of the main causes of cyber-attacks.
According to José Rosell, "We have moved from a physical world with a traditional economy to a digital world that has overlapped with the physical world with the digital economy". The rapid evolution of this digital society, which Rosell talks about, has created new opportunities but also new threats that we cannot control so easily. "At that time walls were built to protect themselves, now everything has changed having an indefinite perimeter" says Mr. Rosell.