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47% of people are worried about their smartphone being hacked

12 Jan 2017
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  •  According to a survey carried out by S2 Grupo from its blog Hijosdigitales.es, what technology users most fear is their mobile being tapped by a cyber-attacker, followed by social networks and banking data.
  • However, according to the company specializing in cybersecurity, the highest number of attacks currently occur against computers due to the large amount of malware that exists to take control and access the confidential information it contains.
  • To increase the cybersecurity of users, S2 Grupo has created a decalogue with 10 recommendations that will increase their protection and prevent them from being victims of possible cyberattacks.

Valencia, November 18, 2016. - On the occasion of the celebration of World Cybersecurity Day on November 30, S2 Grupo has conducted a survey through its blog Hijosdigitales.es on the safe use of technology which shows that 47% of people fear that their Smartphone will be hacked. Along with this, 16% are worried that their bank account or their social networks will be tapped by a cyber-attacker. Only for 8% the greatest fear is this happening to their computer, followed by the security of their email, their car, their health information or their blog / web. However, as noted by the team of experts of this company specialized in cybersecurity, currently, the highest number of attacks occur against personal computers because of the large amount of malware that exists to take control of these devices. "The goal of cybercriminals with these actions is to steal the access credentials stored on these types of devices in order to access their email, social networks, websites or even their bank accounts," said José Rosell, associate-director of S2 Grupo. "Despite this, it is very important to keep in mind that there is a growing increase in malware campaigns targeting mobile phones, malicious applications, etc., so it is essential to protect our actions using it safely, installing an antivirus, Not rooting it and not installing apps outside the official market", said Rosell. Of the survey carried out by the company, 68% of users also say that when they use public wi-fis they do not access sensitive information, such as their social networks or bank accounts, and 63% consider that anyone can be a victim of a cyberattack, which shows that there is increasing awareness of the safe use of technology. Decalogue to increase cybersecurity In this context, the team of experts from S2 Grupo has developed a decalogue with 10 recommendations that will help increase the security of users when they use their devices online and reduce the risk of being victims of a hacking action:

  1. Have an anti-virus software: It is essential to have an antivirus installed and update it periodically on all devices.
  1. Beware of e-mail from strangers: you have to be wary of emails that arrive from strangers and that "invite" you to open some attachment or make a download.
  1. No software should be installed from web sites that urge you to access content for free. In these environments, no one gives anything in exchange for "nothing". Some examples are:
  •  Streaming pages of sporting events that offer free pay-per-view.
  • Payment software pages, which promise free downloads.
  • Pornographic pages.
  • Download pages from torrents, direct download, mp3 or movies.
  1. Have a Firewall on the computer: these are devices that block unauthorized access. Computer operating systems are built-in, but make sure it is turned on.
  1. Do not share personal information on social networks: an attacker could use it to build a targeted attack.
  1. Back up your information.
  1. Regarding the security of mobile devices:
  • Do not root / jailbreak the telephone.
  • Do not install applications outside the official market.
  • Before installing an app, carefully check what kind of permissions it requests, comments associated with it and its popularity.
  1. Do not keep a scanned copy of your passwords on your computer: if it were tapped by an attacker, they could be stolen.
  1. Be wary of phone calls or e-mails that on behalf of our bank ask us for confidential information such as the pin of our credit cards or the numbers of the coordinate cards.
  1. Save passwords securely: if we have many passwords to access different online services, we should never write them down in a text file. To save them it is advisable to use a secure storage software that encrypts this type of information, such as "keepass".

Hijosdigitales.es This blog developed by S2 Grupo has more than 10,000 daily visits from around the world and has established itself as a meeting point for parents and children to promote the safe use of technology. It employs a group of professionals specialized in security, social networks and technology with the objective of offering information of interest that is of aid for groups that can be unprotected if they make an inappropriate use of these types of devices and tools. More information: prensa@s2grupo.es