Safer Internet Day – Why not up your game?

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Usually, when Safer Internet Day comes around, the cybersecurity situation hasn’t changed much from the year before, so it doesn’t feel like much of a reason to do anything special.

But that’s not the case in 2021, thanks to the lifestyle changes that the coronavirus pandemic has brought around the world.

In the US, for example, the Wall Street Journal reported that internet usage increased 25% in just a few days in mid-March 2020.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Ofcom, the UK’s communication services regulator, reported that internet usage hit an all-time high in the year. By June 2020, Britons were, on average, spending more than a quarter of their waking hours online.

That’s hardly surprising.

For most of us, the internet has been a godsend over the last year. It’s enabled us to continue working, studying, shopping, socialising and being entertained when we couldn’t do it in person.

At the same time, however, the crooks have regularly exploited the health-related fears and anxieties of all of us – as home users, employees and employers – to lure us into their criminal traps.

With all this in mind, why not take advantage of SAFER INTERNET DAY 2021 to check your online security practices and make sure you, your family and your friends are as safe as possible?