A third of UK adults feel more vulnerable to cyber-attack since lockdown began

  • A new poll shows that 30% of UK adults feel more vulnerable online since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, and 18% used online shopping for the first time

    The coronavirus outbreak has caused most of us to spend an increased amount of time at home, and for many that means spending more time on the internet. Scammers and cyber attackers have taken advantage of this fact to target those at home with poor computer literacy.

    A new poll from YouGov and Get Safe Online has found that 30% of people say that they are more anxious about cybercrime since they are now spending more time online. About 64% of those surveyed also identified a need for better digital literacy skills to help prevent cyber-crime during the pandemic.

    Criminals have also been targeting people working from home, as many companies rushed to set up their remote work plans and didn't have time to put them through the proper cyber-security process. Experts are now urging companies to take the time to revisit their remote work setups and ensure those working from home have secure access to data and the training they need to stay safe online.

    The poll revealed that about 44% of those surveyed had used video conferencing for the first time during lockdown, and were unfamiliar with the technology. A surprising 18% said that it was their first time using online shopping, as many stores closed due to lockdown restrictions and physically going to shops became more dangerous.

    Source: Irish News

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