Our increasingly digital existence has seen a surge in cyber attacks and internet fraud. Jihee Junn collected some tips from the experts on how to keep your online life secure from scams. 

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For most of us stuck at home amid a global pandemic, Covid-19 has meant moving almost every aspect of our lives online. We now work online, shop online, even celebrate birthdays and Friday drinks online. Without the internet, our lives under lockdown would’ve no doubt been a whole lot different.

The downside: it also meant more people than ever are out there trying to steal our data and private information via targetted attacks and online fraud. According to the government’s cybersecurity agency Cert NZ, more than 4,700 cyber attacks were reported in 2019. In 2020, that number had jumped to more than 7,800 reported incidents – a whopping 65% increase. 

“So much of our lives are conducted online now that there’s just a bigger surface for attackers to go after,” says Nadia Yousef, threat and incident response manager at Cert NZ. “We’re just so reliant on it as a way to conduct our day-to-day lives now that attackers have really taken advantage of that.” 

Most recently, that’s come in the form of Flubot, a malicious text scam which hit headlines last month. In messages pretending to be parcel delivery updates, or an alert about a new voicemail or photo album, Flubot attempts to trick Android users…

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