The world is slowly shifting to digital solutions to meet various daily needs. From purchasing to online banking, from sourcing information to catching up on social circles, people are becoming increasingly dependent on online resources. The proliferation of digital dependency, however, opens people to a new kind of threat – cybercrime.
According to statistics released in 2013, there are approximately 556 million victims of cybercrime annually, translating to 1.5 million victims daily. In addition, 1 out of 10 users on social media claim they have been victimised by a scam or a fake link while browsing. Harmful programs such as viruses, worms, Trojan software, and malware make up 50 per cent of all cyberattacks in 2013.
With the alarming increase in the number of cybercrime victims, there is clearly a growing need to develop and implement measures to ensure the integrity, privacy, and security of users online.