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article, following on from recent cyber security breaches that have been in the news, we’re looking into what people can do to protect themselves and their information online.
According to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018
, 43% of businesses have reported some kind of breach or attack in the last 12 months, with the average breach causing £1,230 of damage – rising to £9,260 when just large businesses are accounted for.
On a personal level, 17.4 million people in the UK experienced cybercrime in 2017, according to the 2017 Norton Cyber Security Insights Report
. So is there a way to keep both your personal information and your internet-enabled devices safe from a cyber attack? We spoke to Rob Pritchard, founder of The Cyber Security Expert, for his expert tips on staying safe online.
Understanding cyber security risks
‘People assume that it is really easy to hack devices – that it’s magic and you can just wave a wand and hack someone’s device,’ says Rob. ‘The truth is, it’s not that easy.’
He adds that this stems from a gap in public knowledge, with the general population sometimes struggling to understand the difference between good and bad cyber security practices.
‘The NCSC (National Cyber Security Council, a government organisation set up to make the UK the safest place to go online) is still relatively new and hasn’t been focusing on the general public just yet. People who work in offices may have had some type of training, but there are a vast number of others out there who haven’t. And even if they do work in offices, their employer might not have provided the relevant training.’
But that doesn’t mean it’s hard to get the basics right, as Rob demonstrates with the following three tips.