We use smartphones, tablets, laptops and other mobile devices to access our personal data, making them an attractive target for criminals. Android, Apple and iOS devices have all been targeted for cyber attacks, especially where apps are downloaded and share information across multiple devices on the cloud or on shared websites.
Criminals can target individuals through social networks or online shopping sites. Many social media sites now allow a sign-up from existing social media sites that share all personal information.
Increasingly, malicious hackers attack websites, digital services and even entire networks to get access to confidential information. Even with regular security updates to sites, hackers are already ahead of the curve.
Email attacks involve phishing links sent to email accounts to request confidential information or to direct people to malicious websites. If accounts are hacked and a link gets sent to all contacts, this targets many people at once. Spammers are becoming more sophisticated at finding a way through protective firewalls.
Media reports show an increase in the frequency of reported cases of data breaches and cyber attacks worldwide, putting you at greater risk of identity fraud.
The total number of records compromised in the first half of 2018 was 3.3 billion, an increase of 72 percent over the same period in 2017. (Gemalto Breach Level Index).
ID Sentry helps keep your personal and financial profiles safe and you identity protected. ID Sentry Plus also includes software to protect you whilst browsing the internet on a PC or mobile device.