A new report from Specops Software into the rise of cybercrime has revealed the countries most at risk of falling victim.
It is revealed that the Netherlands were the most vulnerable European country, with the highest rate of cybercrime. This could be due to the large number of cloud provider incoming attacks (16.28%) to Microsoft Azure accounts in their country.
Next is Bulgaria, who have experienced 17.55% incoming cloud attacks/encounters. In third place is Belarus who had 10.83%, fourth is Ukraine with 10.35% and fifth is Bosnia with 7.06%.
The United Kingdom ranks 17th, due to their high number of cloud attack encounters in comparison to other European countries.
With the risk of cyber-crime high in many European countries, Aimée Ravacon from Specops Software has suggested three distinct tips to reduce your risk of attacks:
1. Stop re-using passwords. When you reuse your passwords, you are opening yourself up to cyber-crime since attackers use your login information from one site to target another site.
2. Use multi-factor authentication. Many online services now offer multi-factor authentication, but too few people are taking advantage of this extra security layer. This simple step just takes a minute but can protect you from falling victim.
3. Don’t click on strange links. Phishing emails are designed to look real and can even appear to come from people you know. But clicking on links in a phishing email can open a backdoor for an attacker.
The most cyber insecure countries:
Bosnia and Herzegovina