97 Cyber Security Statistics and Facts: You Will Be Surprised!

Dainan Gilmore
Dainan Gilmore
Last updated: January 13, 2020

One might mistakenly think that cyber fraud would never be one's own story, but life sometimes is too unpredictable.

Much less cyber life…

New technologies, online services, and up-to-date gadgets became an integral part of our daily life.

Provided that the society becomes more dependent on information and communications technologies, its protection becomes the issue of utmost importance. And cybercrime statistics can help to prevent some troubles regarding online privacy.

Just think…

77% of Americans possess smartphones! Thus, the number of smart devices increased by 42% as compared with the year 2011.

77% of Americans possess smartphones!

So far, cybersecurity is a pre-requirement for the successful development of the information-oriented society and the world in general.

Within this context, we have prepared for you the list of the most breath-taking and newsworthy facts on cyber security.

Want to be protected against cyber attacks?

Start with cyber security statistics first!

Hope you dig it!

Cyber space facts in brief


To understand modern cybersecurity threats let us recollect the key facts in the sphere of cyber environment. Actually, this info altogether you will never find on other sources!

#1 Netizens from every corner of the world started celebrating International Computer Security Day in the year 1988. The date is November, 30. Do you want to celebrate it as well? Ensure that your devices and data are protected!

#2 Hacking statistics is REALLY impressive – a cyber attack takes place once per 39 seconds. It is not surprising, as about 230 000 new malware patterns appear every day.

#3 Nowadays the number of websites reached the figure of 1.2 billion, whereas the first one was developed and launched in distant 1991. It happened on August 6 thanks to a developer Tim Berners Lee. The first website was designed in black-and-white colors and had the domain name info.cern.ch. And what's more, it exists these days.

Visiting it today, one has a chance to:

  • browse the first website;
  • find information about the creation of the World Wide Web;
  • read about the CERN laboratory.

#4 The residents of Asian countries are the leaders in Internet penetration. Thus, over 48% of people living in Asia use the World Wide Web. Others neglect it. 

#5 It is never late to change life… Online life. Thus, Kevin Mitnick was previously known as a hacker. But today he helps a cybersecurity organization.

He has serious hacking attacks on his name:

  • the crack of the Pacific Bell Telephone Company;
  • the hacking attack on the Pentagon through a university in Los Angeles;
  • hack of McCaw Cellular Communications.

#6 The Dark Web, which is also known as the Deep Web, is used for criminal activities. The specialists say that the Dark Web is 5000 times larger than the surface web.


It was a brief overview of general facts one will definitely find interesting to study. And now we continue with the most captivating cyber facts! In fact, the 12th one will make you stare!


“We live in a world where all wars will begin as cyber wars… It’s the combination of hacking and massive, well-coordinated disinformation campaigns.”

Jared Cohen, a businessman

Cyber crime statistics by country

Some countries are attacked daily, others are luckily for the ignored by hackers. What are top cyber threat countries and how not to fall victim going there?

Study the cyber statistics by country and be prepared!

#7 According to the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Israel was the leader in terms of cybersecurity among 61 investigated countries in 2016. The Shin Bet (local security agency) controls all the spheres including the Internet and electronics production.

#8 The UK national statistics service includes information on cyber crimes into its criminality report.

#9 In the year of 2015 the USA, Germany and the Netherlands were the top 3 countries to be the sources of cyber attacks. In other words, hackers located in these three countries. There are 2 variants. Either hackers were physically located in the places mentioned above, or they used VPN services or similar tools to change their location.

Cyber attacks in 2015 by countries

#10 The situation has changed a lot 2 years later – in 2017. In such a way, the leading position belonged to China. Over 27% of all cyber attacks fell for the share of China. The USA, Turkey, Brazil, and Russia were also in the top cyber attacks sources in 2017.

#11 During the period of January – May 2018 DDoS attacks targeted 79 countries. Over 47% of these attacks fall to the share of China. The reasons for it can be diverse:

  • Firstly, China belongs to the type of developing countries. It is extremely beneficial for adversaries, as they know that information many Chinese companies possess can help them to make money.
  • Secondly, China is the largest manufacturer of electronics. Thus, a great flow of foreign investment is focused there (which is very attractive for hackers).

#12 Cyber attack statistics by country cannot be ignored. Thus, Belgium, thDominican Republic, and Hong Kong are the top 3 countries to be the most vulnerable to cyber attacks. However, it doesn’t mean that they are the most targeted by adversaries.

See the next paragraph!

#13 At the beginning of 2018 China, the USA, and South Korea became top-targeted countries. And it is not surprising because the national economies of these countries are advanced and hackers know that in case of success the profit will be tremendous.  

#14 Top 3 targeted sectors in North and South America in 2017 were 'Healthcare', 'Finance' and 'Public sector'.

#15 The companies in the USA pay ransom in 64% of cases, whereas on average organizations pay only in 34% of all incidents worldwide. What is it? The fear to lose the data forever or unwillingness to take any measures?

#16 Do you want to occupy any of the numerous cybersecurity vacancies? That's not a problem today! Analytics made calculations and came to the point that the number of such positions will reach 3.5 million by the year 2021.   

#17 In view of numerous nameplates about Russian influence on the elections in the USA, France, the Netherlands, the American authorities took a decision to spend $380 million to protect the voting system of the country. The details are not covered yet.


Have you found the place you inhabit in the list of the most vulnerable? Then take measure to be protected on the Internet! They are inside!


''I always tell people that if you haven't had your identity stolen already, you will.''

Mike Sullivan

Phishing 2018

For the first time, phishing attack was described by International HP Users Group – Interex 31 years ago (back in 1987). In the course of time, this kind of online threat became widespread among hackers and millions of people suffer from it annually.

#18 Taking into consideration phishing statistics 2017 and Wombat Security report, 76% of companies underwent phishing attacks. At the same time, 49% of them fell victims of this kind of attacks.

#19 91% of attacks begin with phishing emails. It means that a potential victim gets an email and clicks on the link inside it. After a user is redirected the phishing attack is reckoned to be successful.

#20 According to the investigation conducted by Friedrich-Alexander University, 78% of internet users are well-informed about phishing attacks distributed through e-mails. However, they still click on the links in E-mails.

The biggest data breach touched upon Yahoo


#21 Not only average users but officials as well become the victims of phishing emails. Thus, the official persons of South Korea and the USA were compromised through their Gmail accounts. The incident occurred in 2011 and the attack targeted mainly journalists, officials, military men, and activists.

 Phishing reports statistics worldwide (2005-2015)

#22 Amazon Prime Day subscribers were targeted by fraudsters in August 2017. The cheats used phishing technique to make users share data with them. Amazon Prime users saw a pop-up with a 'special offer'. But the 'benefit' people got by clicking on to the link inside was the data leak.


Be prepared!

In the event man doesn't use any encryption tools for data protection, it is possible to study the list of messages hackers use to attack people through emails.

How to find them?

The texts of phishing emails are stored on specially developed anti-phishing websites. One can easily find them by means of search engines.


“Android was built to be very, very secure.”

Sundar Pichai, Google’s SEO

Android malware statistics

As for the year 2018, there are over 2 billion Android gadgets worldwide and on average, 1.5 million new Android accounts appear daily. Thus, being the most popular operating system for mobile phones, Android is the second most vulnerable one.

#23 Android malware statistics results surpassed a record high in the year of 2017. Let’s have a look at the figures: Android malware statistics

⚓ the number of mobile banking Trojans was 94 368;

⚓ 5 730 916 malware packages installed were detected;

⚓ on average 343 new Android malicious software appeared every hour;

⚓ over 544 000 mobile ransomware Trojans were observed.

#24 The number of new Android malware samples decreased by 8% in 2017 as compared with 2016 and equaled 3 002 482 unitsWe are now more than halfway through 2018 but it is still too early to make predictions about Android malware samples this year.  

#25 Despite the fact that more than 700 000 malicious apps were revealed on Google Play, Android remains the leading OS in the world. To be more exact, 73% of smartphones prefer Android to iPhones and other OSes.

#26 Android users from Russia, Australia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan are most often attacked by mobile banking Trojans soft.

#27 An Android user can become a victim of RottenSys – the service that is masked as an application for WiFi connections. However, as soon as one permits the app to use Android data, the gadget becomes part of its Botnet. This service started functioning in 2016 and is still active today. The number of infected devices is more than 5 million already.

#28 A new Android version was launched in 2017. The latest Android 8.0 is known under the name Oreo and reckoned to be the most secure thanks to advanced features of sandboxing, KeyStore and Verified Boot.

#29 When Android device is lost, all the data stored on it become the ownership of its new holder. All the files, passwords and notes can be used by an unfair person. The developers have foreseen it and added the facility of fingerprint sensors. Thus, 85% of Android gadgets have a secure lock screen, providing privacy and security of information a device keeps.


There are several ways to protect your Android device and it is for sure up to you to decide what to choose to achieve Internet privacy.


“Cyber theft is the fastest growing crime in the United States by far.”

Donald Trump

Malware statistics

Malware stands for malicious software. It can infect any device connected to the Internet. Thus, one is to be very foresighted while downloading files and clicking on strange links. The statistics concerned with malware is frightening. But a man should know the problem inside out!

#30 Resourceful adversaries have found the way to intercept two-factor authentication by means of SS7 protocol vulnerability. O2-Telefonica subscribers were the first who suffered from it.

#31 In 2017 .xlb and .xlam type malware files were introduced. But the leaders were .vbs and .exe malware files.

#32 15.3% of malicious software falls to the share of RoughTed family. During the dead short period of May – June 2017, it infected hundreds of organizations in 150 countries of the world.

#33 Locky is ransomware that appeared in February 2016 and according to the hacking statistics 2017, it became the most prominent. It was distributed through the Internet by means of spam letters and malvertising campaigns.

#34 It may be surprising, but top malware for mobile gadgets in 2017 was Hiddad. It does NOT make users pay money. Hiddad soft is installed on devices to show its owners ads.

#35 The first computer virus was registered in the 1970s. It was distributed through the network under the name APRANET. Now malicious software becomes more and more sophisticated and difficult to detect and prevent the invasion.

#36 A record-breaking number of new malware samples was noted in the 3rd quarter of 2017 – 57.6 million. 



To steer clear of malicious soft and its consequences one is to take some measures;

  • Don't click on links received by emails or through social networks from the people you don't know;
  • Download the apps and soft on reliable sources only!
  • Before creating accounts (of any kind) think about reliable passwords. Don't use them twice!
  • Search for a worthy tool that would manage to protect you against online threats.

“Very smart people are often tricked by hackers, by phishing. I don’t exclude myself from that. It’s about being smarter than a hacker. Not about being smart.”

Harper Reed, an American entrepreneur

Cyber attacks stats

Cyberattack (or hacking attack) is the notion that is used to describe an assassination attempt against information security of a device.

#37 Can you imagine how long can a DDoS attack last? The answer is – 297 hours, which equals 12 days and 9 hours.

#38 The history knows many cyber attacks, but the first one was the Morris Worm. In the year 1988, the virus infected about 6000 computers that belonged to the government and Cornel University.

#39 The biggest data breach touched upon Yahoo. The data of 3 billion users were stolen. In such a way, hackers got access to people’s names, phone numbers, emails, and other information.

#40 The losses in view of cyber attacks increased by 62% from 2013 to 2017 and equaled $11.7 million.

#41 Equifax cyber attack was the most influential in the UK history. The data of 700 000 British underwent leak.

#42 According to the Identity Fraud Report 2018 conducted by Javelin, the number of identity people who fell victims to cyber attacks increased by 8% rising to 16.7 million users from the USA.

#43 Torrenting sites frequently undergo cyber attacks as well. The most popular type of attack for torrents is DDoS. The Pirate Bay and Extra Torrent websites are examples of torrenting sites that suffered from this problem. Besides, there are cases when torrent trackers were secretly used by hackers for mining cryptocurrency.

“When we talk about the Internet of Things, it’s not just putting RFID tags to some dumb things so we smart people know where that dumb thing is. It’s about embedding intelligence so things become smarter and do more than they were proposed to do.”

Nicholas Negroponte, architect

IoT: increase in cyber attacks

Internet of Things trend gains its popularity nowadays. As a rule, IoT is associated with smart homes, smart transport and what not. It makes our lives easier and more convenient, but sometimes we have to pay dearly for such comfort.

#44 The specialists of Positive Technologies predict a 275% increase in IoT-devices by 2020. And now it is the right time to think about cybersecurity.

Let us think about the measures that should be undertaken before it is too late!

#45 A casino in North America was cracked through one of “Internet of Things” devices – smart thermometer in an aquarium. The resourceful hackers from Finland got access to the database of the casino and stole about 10 GB of significant information.

#46 The specialists argue about parental control systems. Some find them really helpful, others bang on about the weak sides of such systems. In view of numerous vulnerabilities, parental control systems are cracked enabling adversaries to conduct many activities remotely.

Just think…

Your kid is crying and instead of your voice, the baby hears a terrible noise. Could you imagine what your small child feels?

#47 All of us adore these lovely smart cars with the IoT built-in. But wait! In July 2015 one strange occasion took place – a Jeep was hacked and put out of action. It can happen to everyone. Luckily, no one was hurt!

#48 According to Forbes predictions, the number of smart gadgets will be more than 80 billion by the year 2025. Well, such predictions are not unfounded. In this regard, we think about reasonable security precautions beforehand.

#49 In 2013 5 million zombie computers located in 90 countries worldwide span out of control without the will or knowledge of their owners. This smart network of devices served to spy on people, log users' sensitive data, shared passwords and what not.

#50 The number of IoT gadgets multiplies. And it does NOT surprise a modern human being. We want to try new smart devices first-hand. Besides, they become more affordable. As a result of it, a 600% increase in attacks on such gadgets takes place in 2018.

“SHA-256 is very strong. It’s not like the incremental step from MD5 to SHA1. It can last several decades unless there’s some massive breakthrough attack.

Satoshi Nakamoto, the founder of Bitcoin

Attacks on cryptosystems

The first cryptocurrency appeared almost 10 years ago in 2009 when Satoshi Nakamoto introduced Bitcoin. In the beginning, many people considered it to be vain hopes, but today many people invest in this type of currency.

#51 As High-Tech Bridge reports, 94% of the most popular Google Play apps (concerned with cryptocurrency) have security flaws (at least 3) and therefore attract hackers. Thus, hackers infect devices with malware and use a processor for a secret mining.

#52 In spring 2017 hundreds of computers were detected while mining cryptocurrency without the will of their owners. Miners used the vulnerability that was used by WannaCry.

Check if your device is secretly mining cryptocurrency right now with BitMinter tool!

#53 ICO cracks became too frequent in 2017. Adversaries use an easy algorithm – they find vulnerabilities on ICO website and substitute digital wallet address. In such a way, Israeli CoinDash lost $7.5 million.

#54 In June 2011 hackers targeted a Japan Bitcoin exchange – Mt.Gox. The damage was over 750 000 BTC.

#55 Taylor is not only a proper name. Taylor is a new application designed for cryptocurrency trading. But on May 22, 2018, this app underwent a hacking attack resulting in damage to the extent of $1.35 million.

Have you used this app?

#56 During the first 2 months of 2018, the losses in view of cryptocurrency scam equaled $400 000.

#57 According to the 'Internet Security Threat Report', cryptosystems became too vulnerable in 2018. This fact is supported by an 8 500% increase in cyberjacking.  

Recent web attacks in the healthcare sphere

Seldom does a week go by without a hacking attack in the sphere of healthcare being reported. This branch has been a top target for many hackers for several years already.

Most of the time, healthcare agencies are attacked by ransomware, but data thefts are not a rare phenomenon as well.

Specialists of IBM X-force suppose that the matter of the heart is that this sector is the least protected.

#58 As it is highlighted in Duo Security report, 72% of healthcare departments use out-of-date versions of Windows OS, which are too vulnerable to hacking attacks.

#59 33% of healthcare agencies use Internet Explorer 11 and outdated versions of Java and Script. The use of such tools increases the chance of adversaries to hack the equipment and computers of hospitals and alike departments.   

#60 In the United States only over 1200 breaches were registered in the sphere of healthcare in 2017. Thus, 4.93 million data were stolen.

“Companies spend millions of dollars on firewalls, encryption and secure access devices, and it’s money wasted; none of these measures address the weakest link in the security chain.”

Kevin Mitnick, a hacker

Cost of cybercrime 2017 - 2018

Seven out of ten companies suffer from online threats. The loss reached record numbers in 2017. This sector suffers from various types of cyber attacks: fraud, ransomware, data theft, information leak, DDoS, man-in-the-middle attacks and what not.

#61 In May 2017 French auto group Renault underwent serious cyber attack. In this regard, several enterprises had to interrupt its work to evade more serious problems.

#62 The losses of Maersk, a shipping company, reached the figures of $300 million in August 2017. It was the consequence of NotPetya cyber attack.

#63 As the FBI’s Internet Crime Center reports, the Business Email Compromise scam has increased by 1 300% since the beginning of 2015.

#64 Unfortunately, not all organizations are serious towards cyber attacks. The numbers prove it. Just think, about 60% of small businesses close after a cyber attack.

#65 On average, the cost of a company cyber attack is $2.4 million.

#66 The increase of ransomware cost increased by 1500% in 2017 (as compared to the year 2015) and reached the figure of $5 billion.

#67 Ransomware profits are really incredible! The sums reach thousands of dollars. But there are the cases when the profit equaled even millions. Here's the list of top ransomware with the highest-profit:

  • the 5th place – WannaCry ($140 000);
  • the 4th place – CruptoLocker ($3 000 000);
  • the 3rd place – Cerber ($6 900 000);
  • the 2nd place – Locky ($150 000 000);
  • the 1st place – CryptoWall ($320 000 000).

#68 Analytics predict the increase in the cost of cybercrime in 2018 up to $6 trillion. In this regard both small and big companies can suffer from online attacks. To prevent such incidents, some companies use VPN software on all the gadgets the employees use (even in case they work as freelancers).

#69 61% of cyber attacks fell to the share of small business in 2017. This is 6% more as compared to the year of 2016 (55%). It is uneasy to say why small attracts hackers. However, some experts are equally of the opinion that the enterprises of this kind are less protected therefore can be easily hacked.

#70 IT devices came into common lives of specialists engaged in any sphere: education, healthcare, transport and what not. Sharing information became faster and more convenient. In this concern, the ussie of data protection became of current importance.

#71 Some entrepreneurs mistakenly believe that only big business is interesting for hackers. But it is a common misconception. Small and medium enterprises are the main target for resourceful hackers around the globe.

#72 The Ponemon Institute pursued a study and identified the average cost of the data breach in the USA in 2017 – $7.35 million. It is 3 times more than Tokelau's annual budgeted spending.

#73 According to Microsoft analytics, currently the average cost of the data breach to a company worldwide is $3.8 million. Besides, Microsoft specialists believe that losses of cybercrime may reach $500 billion in the near future.

''It takes 20 years to build a reputation and few minutes of cyber-incident to ruin it.”

Stephane Noppo

Data breach statistics and cases 2018

Data breach is one of the most dangerous online threats for modern netizens. Many companies use DLP technology to prevent data leaks. However, even such tools fail from time to time.

#74 On June 17, 2018, Yandex search engine results started indexing passport copies, bank charges data and airplane and train tickets of the Russians. It became possible in view of a serious data leak.

#75 Google users also underwent leak in 2018. It happened at the beginning of June. Google Docs service's files could be easily found through search engine Yandex. The files that became available contained users' sensitive data and passwords. 

#76 In June Adidas spokesman announced that physical addresses and emails of people who conducted purchases through the US version of the website were stolen by hackers.

#77 [24]7.ai is known as a trustworthy company that serves other organizations to interact with their customers. However, in view of a serious cyber attack, the data of numerous companies that worked [24]7.ai became at adversaries' disposal. Among the victims, one could find Sears, Best Buy, and Delta.

#78 The data of about 21 million Timehop users underwent leak in July 2018. Timehope was worked out to help people be absorbed in the best moments of their past. Thus, hackers got access to millions of users' photos and nobody knows how they can be used.

#79 May of 2018 is known to have a low number of records compromised during the first 5 months of the year – 17 273 571. However, it does not necessarily mean that crackers gave up the idea to seize your data! 

#80 Application programming interface of Venmo service (owned by PayPal) allows any user to scan the details of other users' transactions, names and other confidential data.  

#81 ZoomEye search exposed passwords of its more than 30 hundred users. An interesting fact is that over 14 hundred gadgets have been protected with the password '123456', 600 – with 'password'.

#82 How many apps do you use on your smartphone? Is Burger King among those you use? Be careful! In July 2018 it became known that the app which is used by millions of people all over the globe records banking cards details and phone screens.

#83 Sometimes the companies are the cause of data breaches. In June 2018 Facebook sent its analytics report to the wrong addressee. Neither VPN service nor any other security tool would help in this case.

If only a Virtual Private Network were trustworthy enough (like CyberGhost VPN, for example), the situation could be utterly different.

#84 A streaming giant company Netflix also fell victim to cybercrime. Its subscribers were spammed with phishing emails this January. Netflix spokesman advises not to all links attached to the letters. Besides, it is always possible to see where the link directs.

''The Internet is the most liberating tool for humanity ever invented, and also the best for surveillance. It's not one or another. It's both.”

John Perry Barlow, an American poet

Facts about cyber security and surveillance

Overextended intervals, data safety was associated with the absence of viruses – Trojans, worms and other malware that could knock out our gadgets. Today the situation is totally different. Hackers work out programs that manage to interfere in our lives and… monitor our every single step on the Internet and not just that…

#85 What for do you use the web camera of your computer? Shoot videos or communicate via Skype? Ok…But what do you know about webcam manager attacks? Hackers can seize your camera and spy on you secretly.

But! Top VPN providers encode all users' traffic so that hackers cannot make use of it and spy on web surfers.

#86 The Internet made espionage on the Internet a usual phenomenon. Sometimes, people use their devices for years without the knowledge that they are spied on by means of such gadgets. The residents of the USA are the most monitored people in the world.

The Department of Justice in the USA named ransomware a new business model for hackers.

#87 The Department of Justice in the USA named ransomware a new business model for hackers. In fact, small and big organizations around the globe become the victims of ransomware at 40 seconds intervals.

#88 Cybersecurity Ventures reports that the losses due to ransomware in 2017 were $5 billion which is 14 times more than in 2015.

#89 The average cost by ransomware attack is $1 077 and the FBI says that about 4000 ransomware attacks take place daily.

n the United States only over 1200 breaches were registered in the sphere of#90 Would you approve the government of your country monitors the citizens? It is not an easy question to answer, is it? According to the Pew Research Center, 42% of Americans approve the governments' surveillance and information collection, others are against such actions.

#91 The name of Edward Snowden will definitely go down the history. Being the NSA agent, Snowden possessed secret information and disclosed the facts of the government surveillance. On June 5, 2013, the Guardian published a report about the American government had made Verizon (a telecom company) to share phone records of the American residents).

#92 In October 2013 the Washington Post highlighted the information on the number of monitored accounts by the NSA:

  • Yahoo! – 444 743;
  • Facebook – 82 854;
  • Hotmail – 105 068;
  • Gmail – 22 881.

#93 Even the world giants not always can resist to cybercriminals. Thus, the most significant data breaches in terms of users compromised were concerned with:


What company? How many users? When?
The Home Depot 56 million 2016
Uber 57.6 million 2016
PlayStation 77 million 2011
JPMorganChase 83 million 2014
Facebook 87 million 2018
Target 110 million 2013
Equifax 143 million 2017
Ebay eBay 145 million 2014
Under Armour 150 million 2018
Yahoo! 3 billion 2013-2014


#94 Modern gadgets such as smartphones and tablets allow third parties to find out a lot about us and our kids as well. Besides, some cyber tools can have leverage over our children. Thus, over 65% of kids were involved in cyber-bullying cases. Don't you think it is high time to protect children's privacy?

#95 The current list of disclosed cybercriminals consists of 41 people. This list was created by FBI.

#96 Do you know what is the most expensive virus ever created? Here we are to inform you about it! Its name is MyDoom and it was created in 2004. And now here is the most astonishing info – MyDoom caused damage of $38.5 billion!

#97 The researchers in the sphere of cyber security reckon that 93% of breaches could be prevented in case users thought about some simple steps beforehand. Well, think about your security right now and let us increase the number of attacks avoided! 

Digital security facts and tips

One cannot possibly accept the fact that cyber attack statistics shows that security is under severe threat nowadays. However, the information allows us preventing hacking attacks and data theft from our personal devices. That’s exactly why many netizens entrust their online security to Virtual Private Network providers

Our specialists have tested such giants as ExpressVPN, CyberGhost VPN, IPVanish, and others. They do NOT neglect less famous VPN providers like E-VPN, SaferVPN or VPN99 therewith.

Besides, we keep on working on new VPN reviews to find the best for all users' needs.

VPNs enable people to:

  • mask their IPs;
  • keep anonymity on the Internet;
  • prevent data theft;
  • access blacklisted content and etc.

VPN services are used by millions of people worldwide (learn more about NordVPN). Although the reasons are diverse, the residents of Canada, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, and the USA predominantly subscribe for VPN services to keep anonymity while surfing the Internet.

VPN services are used by millions of people worldwide

Apart from VPN services, there are other worthy security tools that cannot be ignored by modern netizens.

Among them one could find:

  • a browser which disables third parties to track users' behavior on the Internet (a good example of such browsers is Tor);
  • password managers (they help netizens to generate, store and use passwords for various apps and sites);
  • proxy servers that are used to change user's online footprint;
  • secure email services (such tools are used to hide from the interested parties transmitted data and conversations. 

However, not all of them are easily accessible to any user. Some security tools are too pricey, others – are difficult to use or find. All in all, the specialists share one view – MAN CAN BE PROTECTED ON THE INTERNET!


And here are simple tips to follow:

  • use licensing soft and applications;
  • do NOT allow third party soft and programs to access the data stored on a device;
  • use unique passwords and don't protect different accounts with the same key twice;
  • take all reasonable precautions to keep your privacy online;
  • do NOT click on unknown links received through email (remember: 1 out of 131 electronic mails is malicious);
  • use trusted security tools.


Who requires protection on the Internet?

The answer is vivid – everyone!

Currently, any netizen can undergo a hacking attack:

⇒  Companies

It does NOT matter what kind of business the company is engaged in, how many employees are hired or the profit margin. Adversaries are interested in any sector!

⇒ Children

On average, kids start using their own smartphones at the age of 10 when they are too naive yet. They don't have security skills and therefore children's accounts are cracked very often.

⇒ Employees

Cyber attacks affect workers quite often. Usually, their aim is to steal secret information or get a ransom.

⇒ Average users

They are targeted by hackers all the time and the reasons are quite diverse: ransom, spying, identity theft, and whatnot.

Keep on reading us and you will find more about the Internet security facts, malware statistics and the way to be protected online! Would you like to add anything? Feel free to leave a comment!

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Update: 13/01/2020
Dainan Gilmore
Dainan Gilmore
July 19, 2018 0 

Wow! That's strange… I've never met an 'empty-headed programmer'. Programmers who work in medical sphere are very smart. And you know it's dead difficult to code for such equipment in the environment where the consumer takes decision regarding many points. But, to my mind (for sure, my opinion may be erroneous) the increase in hacks in healthcare sphere are fuelled by the database stored. And hackers all the time target such data. Who knows, maybe out-of-date noate about patients were not a bad idea?...

July 19, 2018 0 

I saw similar posts on other sources, but I cannot but say that this one is magnificent in fact. The headings of other posts sounded like ''Top 50 cyber security statistics» or smth like this, but in reality, the number of facts was about 20 or so. I don't want to say that I impressed by numbers only. The information presented here is diverse and relevant. I hope to see more articles of this type on your site!

July 18, 2018 0 

I gripping article to read. SOOOOO many facts:) And I want to admit that the article is really worthy. 97 cyber security facts! I like the way you describe each. In brief, just facts! Nice!

July 15, 2018 0 

Fact #59 made me confused. Every second medical facility and soft developer hires empty-headed programmers who code programs for IE browser, certain Java and Windows version. Or maybe their income is too small that they don't wanna work. Anyway, that's a problem, and very serious one!

July 19, 2018 0 

Wow! That's strange… I've never met an 'empty-headed programmer'. Programmers who work in medical sphere are very smart. And you know it's dead difficult to code for such equipment in the environment where the consumer takes decision regarding many points. But, to my mind (for sure, my opinion may be erroneous) the increase in hacks in healthcare sphere are fuelled by the database stored. And hackers all the time target such data. Who knows, maybe out-of-date noate about patients were not a bad idea?...