While there are ways for PC users to protect themselves from malware attack or computer intrusion with anti-virus and bio metric security but when it comes to cyber fraud like phishing, Nigerian scams or job scams, the only weapon anyone has is their wits. But then again even the most vigilant has not been spared with multiple cases reported over the year, unfortunately more than 5000 Malaysians have fell for one or more of these scams in 2018 and sadly more will succumb in 2019.
Cybersecurity Malaysia’s latest report on Cyber Crime recorded a steady growth of cyber crime activity in Malaysia with 2018 and 2019 being the highest. The report shows a consistency in the complaints with cyberfraud surpassing all other online criminal activity like computer intrusion and malware attacks. An average of 13 Malaysian is falling victim some form cyber fraud be it Phising, Nigerian Scam, Lottery Scam Job Scam and online transaction scam a day. As more Malaysians get on the internet, the more targets these bad actors will have to unleash their attacks on. One method in tackling the situation is by conducting education programs on scams and their various forms. Even though the majority of internet users are in the younger bracket, most victims who fall for such scams are those in the older bracket, thus campaigns targeting these segment must be crafted and raise awareness of cyber criminals who have their radars customised for them.
The pointers on the infographic offers simple house keeping when being connected, they can assist in preventing you from losing your life savings and always be vigilant on the next Nigerian Prince who offers you a million dollars.