GADGET users are being urged to toughen up their online security as the threat of web attacks grows.
Cyber-experts have told The Sun that hacks could increase in the coming days – and urged everyone to protect key logins like Gmail, Facebook, Outlook, Apple IDs and more.
And cyber-crime professionals have warned users to be extra wary over scams linked to the conflict too.
Some experts warn that the west could see increased attacks from Russian hackers.
“In my opinion, there is a significant risk to all UK/EU/USA citizens from potential Russian cyber-threats,” said Peter Draper, European director at cyber-firm Gurucul.
“For this reason, we should all ensure that we follow cyber security best practice for all our accounts.
“At the very least, people should make sure they do not reuse credentials across accounts, choose strong passwords, and – wherever possible – enable two-factor authentication.”
That means enabling text message verifications on your online accounts.
But cyber-security insiders also say that global events can generally cause increased cyber crime – not just from Russia.
“The conflict in Ukraine has global ramifications, and like any global event that involves conflict, it creates the perfect environment for threat actors to execute cyber attacks,” said Hank Schless, of cyber-firm Lookout.
The coronavirus pandemic saw huge increases in cyber-crime as hackers preyed on confused victims.
Experts now warn that similar scam tactics could be used to exploit the global interest in the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Gadget users are now being urged to check their online security to make sure it’s as safe as possible.
“We as consumers of content, social media applications and the backbone of the global connected world are often the weakest link in the cybersecurity ecosystem,” said Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer at Cybereason.
“Because of our penchant to click on anything that pops up in email or on our phones.
“Certainly civilians should use the horrors in Ukraine as a wake up call to protecting their own personal data.
“The number of identity compromises has surpassed the world’s population many times over and identity theft has become mundane and routine for many.”
Cyber tips – how to say safe online
“Don’t let your guard down,” Sam told The Sun.
“Become an email snob. If you didn’t ask for it and don’t know the person, delete the email and never open attachments in email.
“Get a password manager and use it and make sure you are using different passwords for each one of your online accounts.
“Don’t download software from dubious websites.
“Refrain from downloading pirated software / paid software for ‘free.’ Free can lead to malicious activity.
“If you want to support the Ukrainian people through organizations such as the Red Cross, don’t donate through an email you might have received.
“Call the organizations directly to make donations”
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