Infographic: Cybersecurity Threats for Students

My name is Lily. I’m a writer on educational blog StudyCorgi. I decided to share an infographic that our team recently created. It’s called “Cybersecurity Threats for Students.”

According to the latest calculations, total losses due to cybercrime will make up $6 trillion by the end of 2021. This makes cyberterrorism the third largest world economy after the United States and China. Cyberterrorism is operating at more than $11 billion every minute.

Cybercriminals attack households, not just large companies. The main cybersecurity threats are phishing and ransomware. Cybercrime is increasingly becoming more sophisticated and can be waiting for us in the most unexpected places.

Education and social networks are the most vulnerable spheres to data or identity theft. Students should be especially cautious on such websites. Use a different secure password for each, and share as little personal information as possible online.

According to Mimecast (a data security provider), over the first quarter of 2019, private educational institutions ranked first for the number of received malicious emails compared to any other industry sector. Criminals aim for students’ personal, health, and financial information. Never follow any links in emails received from unknown sources.

Social networks are even worse for you (and better for cybercriminals). Many websites allow you to log in through Facebook or Google. Thus, access to one of your social media accounts opens the gate for criminals to access all of your other accounts. In 2021, half a billion Facebook accounts were hacked.

Students spend most of their day on the web. Learning and working from home (and sometimes both), many of us have not yet learned appropriate security measures. We really need to. This infographic covers six common cybersecurity threats students may face, and provides tips on how to protect yourself.

Infographic Courtesy of Lily Mayer, writer and blogger at StudyCorgi.com

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