Pinoy netizens 'vulnerable' to cyberattacks
MANILA - Global security-software provider Trend Micro Inc. on Wednesday said 70 percent of Filipino “netizens” were very active on social sites, making them “vulnerable” to cyberattacks.
“We all know that the penetration rate of Filipino users when it comes to the love of social networking is very huge. Almost right now, we see about 70 percent, which means people have access to social- networking sites,” Myla Pilao, director for core technology of TrendLabs Marketing, said.
“Given that, the risk that we see is the behavior of Filipinos of sharing too much information [that makes them susceptible to cybercrime],” she added.
The company’s study showed that most online users post profile updates on a daily basis, citing entertainment, current activities and shopping deals as their most shared information on Twitter and Google+.
Of the survey’s respondents, 24 percent were actually trading personal information in exchange for coupons, discounts and to have more friends on their profiles.
Meanwhile, 37 percent would give personal information to be able to join online raffle draws.
With such cyber habits of the netizens, Pilao issued a warning that these could lead them to be victimized by hackers or fraudsters online.
“The first action that these criminals do is to steal [the personal information you post online]. The second stage is to do the profiling. So they are also doing their own research. The third is to get themselves very familiar with the profile that you have online. That enables them to customize attack catering to the likes of phishing or certain other malicious components,” she said.
To elude cybercriminals, Pilao advised online users to always “click right or click on something that you’re sure is really safe.”
Since online threat is all over, she suggested that “education is a must” or keeping abreast of the techniques used by cybercriminals.
Last, she recommended that netizens should have a trusted, secure and professional antivirus security vendor.
Because cybercrime is seasonal, Pilao said online users should be wary of malicious messages pertaining to holiday extravaganzas this “Ber” months that give free coupons or discounts.
She also advised them to keep an eye on search engines for political news or social events, as they are also the usual targets of hackers.
To provide security solutions, Trend Micro launched on Thursday its range of Titanium products, such as Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security 2014, Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security 2014 and Trend Micro Mobile Security.
The Trend Micro Titanium 2014 features the Privacy Scanner for Windows, Google+ and Twitter and Facebook for both MAC and PC; the Trend Micro DirectPass password-management system; and the Trend Micro Online Guardian and parental controls, among others.
“Trend Micro encourages the building of safer digital social cultures, and aims to enable everyone to protect their digital lives,” Andrew Tan, product marketing manager [consumer], Southeast Asia, Trend Micro, said. “More than just ensuring safe surfing habits, solutions like Trend Micro Titanium Maximum Security offer consumers all-in-one, all-rounded protection against identity thefts, virus and other online threats automatically, so consumers can enjoy their online experiences safely, with peace of mind.”