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Philippines is 5th most attacked online

To be fifth highest globally in something is quite an achievement. Unless it’s a global ranking of countries with the highest number of detected Internet-borne attacks.

And that’s where the Philippines ranks now. According to Kaspersky’s Global Q2 2019 Security Bulletin, nearly seven million or 37.4% of Kaspersky users in the Philippines were attempted to be attacked by threats while surfing the web from April to May this year.

The other countries in the top 5 include Algeria, Nepal, Albania, and Djibouti. These reports are based on anonymous data obtained from Kaspersky products installed on users’ computers in the Philippines.

How Filipino users are commonly attacked on the Web

The data revealed that Pinoy Web users are attacked by cybercriminals through drive-by download. This method happens when a user visits a website that doesn’t seem infected. The insecure website then plants malicious scripts that install malware to devices. Attacks happen simply when clicking on certain websites, rendering computers vulnerable.

Another technique reported by Kapersky is social engineering. In this method, cybercriminals convince unsuspecting users to send them confidential data, infecting computers with malware or opening links to infected websites.

Hackers also take advantage of a user’s lack of knowledge by persuading them to disclose information such as name, date of birth, or address.

Malicious hosts slightly up, local threats down

In the same report, the cybersecurity company noted an increase in minor cyberthreats caused by servers hosted in the Philippines. About 67,000 or 15% more incidents were recorded from April-June this year compared to the same quarter in 2018.

Kaspersky products detected and blocked about 13 million local incidents on computers during this period, too.

To help avoid rogue programs on your devices, here are seven useful tips from Kaspersky:

  1. Eliminate vulnerabilities by keeping your OS and apps updated. Remember to include Web browsers, Flash player and PDF reader, too.
  2. Keep your internet security software up to date. It’s a good idea to enable the “receive automatic updates” option within your security product.
  3. Be cautious about search engine results. Avoid clicking on sponsored links within internet search results.
  4. Type the URL into the address bar. It may take a little more time but can be a lot safer.
  5. Beware of Web surfing dangers. Avoid accessing and exploring unknown websites.
  6. Don’t open unexpected attachments. If you need to do so, verify that it’s genuine and scan to make sure it doesn’t contain any malware.
  7. Think about that link before you click it. Better not click on random links in emails, instant messaging, or social networking sites.

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