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New Report Highlights the Growth of Data Hacks, and Key Concerns Among Web Users [Infographic]

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Amid all the reports of data breaches and hacks, which have become increasingly common in recent times, have you updated your personal security processes, or even your social media and email passwords to improve your own protection?

This could help spark you into action, the team from RouterNetwork recently conducted a new research report into data hacks around the world, which underlines the need to take the issue seriously.

The report incorporates data from HaveIBeenPwned, which tracks data breaches from companies and web services around the world. In addition, RouterNetwork also surveyed 1,007 Americans to glean more insight into their experiences and concerns about data breaches.

Among the key findings and notes:

  • Since 2007, data breaches have affected 11.5 billion accounts.
  • Respondents were most concerned about Facebook, Instagram, and their financial accounts being breached
  • 89% of respondents remain somewhat concerned about using sensitive data, like credit card info, on the internet

The data points to the need for increased assurance from eCommerce providers, to help alleviate any stress on this front.

Also, an odd point of interest:

“Data breaches are most likely to occur in Winter, and on a Monday or Thursday.”

Seems like hackers have a bit more time on their hands in the colder months.

You can read RouterNetwork’s full research overview here, or check out the infographic summary below.

Infographic outlines the findings of a recent survey into web security

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‘Stop the hate’ online, UN chief pleads on Holocaust Day

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A person visits the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany on January 27, 2023, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

A person visits the Holocaust Memorial, in Berlin, Germany on January 27, 2023, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day – Copyright AFP Michal Cizek

The UN secretary-general warned of social media’s role in spreading violent extremism around the globe as he marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday, urging policy makers to help stop online hate.

Antonio Guterres said parts of the internet were turning into “toxic waste dumps for hate and vicious lies” that were driving “extremism from the margins to the mainstream.”

“Today, I am issuing an urgent appeal to everyone with influence across the information ecosystem,” Guterres said at a commemoration ceremony at the United Nations. “Stop the hate. Set up guardrails. And enforce them.”

He accused social media platforms and advertisers of profiting off the spread of hateful content.

“By using algorithms that amplify hate to keep users glued to their screens, social media platforms are complicit,” added Guterres. “And so are the advertisers subsidizing this business model.”

Guterres drew parallels with the rise of Nazism in 1930s Germany, when people didn’t pay attention or protest.

“Today, we can hear echoes of those same siren songs to hate. From an economic crisis that is breeding discontent to populist demagogues using the crisis to seduce voters to runaway misinformation, paranoid conspiracy theories and unchecked hate speech.”

He lamented the rise of anti-Semitism, which he said also reflects a rise of all kinds of hate.

“And what is true for anti-Semitism is true for other forms of hate. Racism. Anti-Muslim bigotry. Xenophobia. Homophobia. Misogyny”

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What happened when six doctors swallowed Lego heads for science, and the results of Santa’s DNA test. Plus, is Dolly Parton really recording an album with Slipknot?

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De mest besökta webbplatserna i världen – 2023 års upplaga [Infographic]

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The Most Visited Websites in the World - 2023 Edition [Infographic]

Google remains the most-visited website in the world, while Facebook is still the most frequented social platform, based on web traffic. Well, actually, YouTube is, but YouTube’s only a partial social app, right?

The findings are displayed in this new visualization from Visual Capitalist, which uses SimilarWeb data to show the most visited websites in bubble chart format, highlighting the variance in traffic.

As you can see, following Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are the next most visited social platforms, which is likely in line with what most would expect – though the low numbers for TikTok probably stand out, given its dominance of modern media zeitgeist.

But there is a reason for that – this data is based on website visits, not app usage, so platforms like TikTok and Snapchat, which are primarily focused on the in-app experience, won’t fare as well in this particular overview.

In that sense, it’s interesting to see which social platforms are engaging audiences via their desktop offerings.

You can check out the full overview below, and you can read Visual Capitalist’s full explainer here.

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