Unless you’ve been in complete lack of contact with the world, you’ve probably heard of the coronavirus pandemic going around. With widespread travel bans, quarantines, and school and workplace shutdowns, the growing panic can be felt, as people are clearing out supermarket aisles of sanitary goods and take all necessary precautions to not catch the deadly virus.
2019 is gone and a new decade is in sight. 2020 is said to be a year that will bring on many changes in many different realms, but what does that mean for cybersecurity? With the rapid advancements in technology come better, more sophisticated tactics for cybercrime, and in return, pressing demand for innovative cybersecurity solutions.
Cybercriminals have become more sophisticated than ever, finding and exploiting vulnerabilities wherever they can. These crimes cost the global economy around $45 billion in damages in 2018 alone, and likely much more in 2019. Hence, it is no surprise that spending on cybersecurity solutions will likely exceed $1 trillion between 2017 and 2021. So what kind of cyber threats can we predict for 2020, and how can we protect ourselves from them?
The holidays are a great time for bringing the
family together and for taking some time off work. But truth be told, the world
does not stop during the holidays, and people still need to work on important
and urgent matters. In fact, 53% of working people work remotely during the
holidays, with 30% of which do so several times a day, according to this poll.
We all want to protect our computer from viruses and cyberattacks. After all, it contains our most sensitive information – credit card numbers, usernames and passwords, important documents and pictures, and more. But sometimes safeguarding our information at the expense of a slow computer doesn’t seem to be worth the frustration. The constant freezing, CTRL+ALT+Delete-ing, and restarting could drive a person to throw their computer out the window. Many go on to blame their antivirus for their sluggish computer. But is your antivirus really the one slowing down your computer? The answer to that is a bit complex.
Singles’ Day, or “Worlds Shopping Day”, marks the start of the November shopping season, followed by Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. Shoppers from all across the globe participate in this purchasing craze, with a drastically growing number of consumers getting their shopping done online rather than at a brick & mortar store, at a staggering 16% vs. only 2% annual increase last year in the US alone, respectively. They wait anxiously all year long to finally get that brand new TV or car, so much that they stand in line outside these shops hours before the doors open and once they do, all hell breaks loose. Others just use this time to get their holiday shopping done for a better price than they would normally find it for. Whatever the reason may be, popular retailers offer huge discounts that are just too hard to resist.