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1.2 million people who are victims of digital crime: what can you do yourself?

1.2 million people who are victims of digital crime: what can you do yourself?


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The corona crisis has been accompanied by a huge increase in the number of registered cybercrime incidents in the Netherlands. In March this year, 696 incidents were recorded by the police. In April it was 870 and in May 1,869. The number of cybercrime crimes has been rising since 2017, but this current crisis is accelerating everything. What does that ask of us?

Better safe than sorry

Numbers from the CBS shows that more than 1.3 million Dutch people have struggled with cybercrime. Most likely there will be many more during this corona time. Now that the number of businesses and consumers who are victims of cybercrime is increasing, we are also examining how to deal with it. Again, it is better to prevent than cure.

Unfortunately, this does not always work. The supply of cybercrime insurance has increased recently. The so-called cyber policy is increasingly offered by insurance companies, and more and more consumers are open to it. In this way, you can insure yourself against possible fraud with online payment methods up to an amount of 10,000 euros. Fraud for online purchases and sales can also be insured.

VPN helps prevent cybercrime

As part of prevention, a VPN service is an option. Using public Wi-Fi networks is risky. For example, hackers can easily eavesdrop on or redirect Internet traffic. This means there is a good chance that credit card information or login credentials will be stolen from emails. By a vpn All data sent to the network is encrypted for use. A VPN is also a secure way for home workers to log into the corporate network. Nice detail: VPNs were originally developed to protect company data.

Working from home adds additional risk

Due to government measures, a lot of work is being done at home for now. In the home situation, computers are usually less secure than the computer systems at work. This makes companies and institutions that have many employees at home particularly vulnerable to cybercrime. Not only that, they are often not adequately prepared, let alone for the increase in Phishing, fake websites and infected emails since the Corona crisis. An example of this are messages in which employees are asked to click on a link with information about protection against the corona virus.

Employee responsibility

Now an IT department can ensure a secure online foundation. It is also the employees themselves who are responsible for their online actions. For example, it is important for all home workers to treat their laptop, smartphone, tablet and all sensitive data as if they were in the office. Operating systems need to be kept up to date, as well as anti-virus and anti-malware software and regular virus scans. Finally, all work data must be kept in a secure location approved and accessible by the organization.