Studies Show that Younger Online Users are Prone to Clicking on Malicious Pop-ups

Towards the end of October 2016 Microsoft released some interesting study findings which uncovered that online users, between the ages of 18 to 34, were more likely to click on potentially malicious pop ups than online users who are more mature (35 years and older).

The Study

The survey targeted online users located in over 12 countries with South Africa being one of them. 12 000 people were surveyed with the youngest participant being 18 years and the oldest over 65 years.

Here’s what the study uncovered in the various age groups:

  • 18-24 years – over 13% had been scammed online at some point and had lost money due to an online or telephone scam.
  • 25-34 years – over 18% had been scammed online and lost money as a result of a scam.
  • 35-44 years – around 11% of participants had been a victim of an online scam and lost money as a result.
  • 66-year age bracket – only around 3% of those surveyed had been scammed online and lost money.

The statistics also showed that more than 50% of the participants had at one point or another, encountered an online popup that was fraudulent or obviously, a scam. Interestingly enough, the older participants in the 65-year age group weren’t found to be clicking on malicious pop-ups, but 44% of them had been scammed out of money telephonically!

How did the survey reflect on South Africans?

It would appear from the study that South African participants downright ignore scammers, which seems to be positively reflected in the stats as only 8% of all the South Africans in the study had actually been scammed online and lost money.

While the survey shows that younger people are more prone to being caught out by online scams, it also shows that fraud and scamming can present itself in many forms, and that absolutely everyone is at risk and should take precautions.

Be ‘scam wise’ and keep yourself educated on the latest online scamming incidents by following our blog where we keep you up to date with all the trending technology news and most recent scams.

Best Apps to Start off 2017

2017 could very well be the year of apps with so many new ones making their way to the market. At RMD Technology we like to keep up to date with all the latest trends in the digital space, and especially apps that focus on security. In this way we keep ourselves informed of this ever changing industry and the changes we need to make in order to adapt our own security accordingly, while keeping our customers primed as well.

Below are just a few of the many apps that will serve you well in 2017, both in business and in your personal capacity too:

1Password – this app is perfect for helping you sort out your security issues, especially if you’re using an Android device. It’s free to download and is designed to generate strong passwords that can be used online. The app stores passwords securely for the user. All of the passwords can be accessed via the app by using just one password. It makes thing simple!

Streaks – this app will cost you, but it’s well worth it. A 2016 Apple Design Awards Winner, this app is designed to help you store 6 tasks to be completed daily. The app requires you to “check off” tasks as you complete them. It’s great for ensuring that you don’t forget important tasks and that you keep working towards goals. What sort of tasks should you set? Why not set reminders for doing your online backups, checking security systems and features at work, and so on.

Gluru – this app is more of a predictive taskmaster and is a free download to an Android device. While still in its infancy, the app is able to use AI to predict tasks and projects that you need to do next. This one is interesting as it perfectly demonstrates how systems and programs can dig into your emails and apps to gather information. It would be fun to try out, but make sure that your personal information is kept safe and secure at the same time.

Breakfree – and just when you are wondering how many more apps you can possibly find to download, we find one that might just tell you to break free from your apps and your mobile device for a while! Do you have any idea how many hours you spend on your phone, a few of which could be better spent in a more constructive way? BreakFree will monitor your usage, allowing you to track your digital habits while also providing tools that enable you to schedule downtime when you can quite literally, cut loose.

We probably don’t need to tell you, but one of the most important applications you can make this year is to apply yourself to ensuring that you are secure and up to date with your online backup – and we can offer you that.

Our online backup system can cater to your computers and all devices connected to your network. You can check out the features of our backup services with encryption, for added safety, to see just how our services can benefit you and your business this year.

Secure Yourself and your Business from Security Risks Set to Capture 2017 by Storm

Without a shadow of any doubt, the Internet of Things (IoT) has more than ‘connected’ us, and indisputably more than many of us ever thought possible. It has also brought a myriad of risks into our midst too.

All things considered, it’s quite a scary concept that with smart home technology you can use the IoT to control just about anything from turning on your oven to controlling your air conditioning system, from just about anywhere. At risk of repeating ourselves though, one of the biggest threats in the advancement of these technologies is that of your privacy.

Currently there are approximately 6.4 million IoT connected devices and by 2021, that figure is expected to jump up to over 20 million. The stats are astounding and it makes one realise that every time you use a connected electronic device, there are risks you should be aware of and ready for.

Some of the biggest security risks to be aware of this year include:

Ransomware – this is a program that cyber criminals can buy on the dark web. It’s used to hold people’s personal information ransom. How do you know if you have been a victim of ransomware? You might open your images or another document / file on your computer only to find that they are “corrupt” or missing. You will then receive a warning advising you to pay a ransom in order to have the information returned. Ransomware attacks have increased over 600% in the last year, so it goes without saying that it’s something that you need to protect yourself against.

Internet enabled toys – nearly all modern toys can connect to a network in some way or another. Children and parent’s information and privacy are at risk with these types of toys, which are hard to secure. In some instances, even the webcam on laptops and computers have been used to record information and conversations.

Unencrypted data stored in the cloud – if you are going to make use of cloud services, make sure that the data you stored will actually be encrypted. Unencrypted data is data that’s begging to be hacked. At RMD Technology we ensure that all of your data stored with us is encrypted, for your piece of mind.

Phishing – one would think that with phishing raising its head several years ago already, that people would be wiser to phishing attacks. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. People still click on links that they are unsure of and soon their system and personal data is at risk.

While these are the top risks that we believe you need to be aware of in 2017, they certainly aren’t the only ones. For more security tips and advice and to learn more about our online encrypted data backup services, contact us or check out our packages today.