7 Spooky Internet Facts

It’s Halloween! If you thought haunted houses, creepy costumes and ghost tales were scary— think again. Brace yourself for our Seven Spooky Internet Facts Infographic.

October isn’t just about Halloween, it’s also Cyber Security Awareness month, here are 7 Spooky Internet Facts to scare your socks off. From Internet censorship to online spying and security breaches, we’ve got lots of spooky fact surprises.

Get ready…

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1. Over 60% of the world’s population still doesn’t have Internet access.

Yes, it’s true. In a world of 7.2 billion people, over 4.4 billion don’t have access to one of the world’s greatest, 21st century-defining resources.

According to the 2014 McKinsey & Company report, for 6 countries this percentage is nearly 90% of their population or more. This includes Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Myanmar, is number one in the category of countries with the least amount of Internet access. It has a staggering rate 99.5% of people without Internet access.

An estimated 64% of the world’s offline population live in poor, rural settings with poor infrastructure, healthcare and education. In fact, approximately 28% of those without Internet connection are illiterate.

2. More than 60 Countries around the World Censor the Internet

Access to Internet is not the only concern, free and open access to the Internet is at risk as well with more than 60 countries around the world censoring the Internet.

In China, some of the world’s most popular, global sites are blocked, including Google, Facebook, YouTube and more. Turkey, on the other hand, blocks sites like Twitter and other social media outlets when they so choose. According to the Huffington Post, they submitted 477 Twitter take down requests in 2014 alone.

Unfortunately, it seems that year by year, both the number of countries practising censorship and those who are subject to these restrictions have increased. In 2015, the Freedom House published their annual assessment of 65 countries with the Freedom on the Net Report. They found that content removal had increased with 42 of 65 countries requiring private companies and internet users to restrict or delete content dealing with political religious, or social issues. Sadly, this number was up 37 from the previous year. Furthermore, they found that arrests and intimidation had escalated with authorities in 40 of 65 countries imprisoned for sharing information regarding politics, religion or society through digital networks. Very scary…

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3. MI5 have attached a small device to ‘spy’ on the UK internet traffic

UK spy agencies want to install ‘black box’ surveillance devices across the country’s communications networks to monitor internet use.

The spy network will rely on a technology known as Deep Packet Inspection to log data from communications ranging from online services like Facebook and Twitter, Skype calls with family members and visits to pornographic websites.

4. 1 in 10 social media users have been a victim of a cyber attack

According Heimdal Security’s cyber security blog, more than 600,00 Facebook accounts are compromised everyday– meaning 219 million accounts a year. It’s no wonder that social media platforms are hacker’s favourite playgrounds when you consider that there are more than 1.6 billion social network users worldwide and more than 64% of internet users accessing social media online.

New data from the GlobalWebIndex reveals that social networking now accounts for approximately 30% of time spent online, and given the fact that these platforms are such ideal settings for users to connect with their friends and family, hackers often take advantage of the built in trust in numerous ways. Among the most common traps are fake ‘Like’ buttons, phishing (attempts to gather private and sensitive information) via Facebook message or Tweet, social spam and link-jacking (basically hijacking and re-directing links to malware infected websites). So while you may be surrounded by your friends on Facebook, be cautious and don’t click on any posts you don’t know.

5. 61.5% of internet traffic is not generated by humans, but by bots like malware and Google–30.5% of them are ‘bad bots’

If you thought humans were the only ones snooping around on the Internet, think again. The Huffington Post reports that nearly two-thirds of all web visits are made by Internet bots, a name given to a wide range of software applications that crawl the web. Slightly more than half of non- human traffic come from search engines and other ‘good’ bots which do things like index pages and make the Internet more easily sort-able for humans.

However, the remaining 30.5% of non-human traffic is compromised of ‘bad bots’. These bots are responsible for posting spam comments, stealing data and distributing malware. One of the most sophisticated, TDSS bots, infected PCs to generate fake page views then sold for advertising. For anyone worried about artificial intelligence taking over, it looks like when it comes to Internet traffic, that day has already come!

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6. 100 Billion Spam emails are sent everyday

If you’ve received a note from the Nigerian President requesting a bank transfer, or a very peculiar notice from your bank – you may want to watch out. According to the Kaspersky Lab Spam and Phishing report, over half of email sent in 2015 were spam–given findings from the Radicati Email Statics report, that’s over 100 billion spam emails a day. The top three sources of spam were the USA (14.59%), Russia (7.8%) and China (7.14%).

While the spam level has declined in recent quarters, these internet weeds can still crop out over your personal inbox. To combat anti-spamming measures, spammers come up with new and more sophisticated tricks of the trade, including sending out malicious attachments under the guise of internet updates. The Kaspersky report details that emails containing short text in the message with detailed information promised in the attached document are gaining popularity with spammers, as are emails related SEO (search engine optimisation) offers and updates.

7. Only 27% of people globally have used VPNs

According to a survey released by the Global Web Index. This is quite scary, because in the face of all the spooky web bots and cyber thieves out there, a VPN is an easy, sure-fire way to ensure complete security and anonymity while browsing the web.

When you connect to a VPN (Virtual Private Network) you are able to set up a private, secure, encrypted connection to another network. So, for instance, when you log in to trusted internet website and connect to one of the global servers, the server’s anonymous IP address, rather than your IP address, is what faces the world. This disguises your actual location, name and Internet service provider and makes it appear as if you were browsing from that location, while also creating a tunnel for your data so it can’t be intercepted by third parties.

You can prevent a number of spooky virtual threats including identity theft, data leaks and tracking from third parties such as government entities, hackers, and Internet Service providers.

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