Thanks to the Internet and its affordability, the world recorded more mobile phones than the people using it, according to the latest data from the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the World Bank, and the UN.
The ITU estimated 107 mobile cellular telephone subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in 2018, which basically means more mobile phones than people.
At the end of the year, 51.2 per cent of the global population, or 3.9 billion people were using the Internet, while an estimated 5.28 billion mobile broadband subscriptions in the world were recorded.
A decade ago, 753 million individuals were using the Internet in developed nations, compared to 1,028 million in developing nations. Interestingly, there are 2,868 million individuals in developing nations as of 2018 compared to 794 million in developed nations.
Earlier, a study by UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) uncovered the gaps in cyber-knowledge that may leave people in danger of being exploited. The anylisis says that millions of people are still using easy-to-guess passwords like “123456” and “qwerty” on sensitive accounts which can be dangerous.
The NCSC said people should string three random but memorable words together to use as a strong password.
For its first cyber-survey, the NCSC analysed public databases of breached accounts to see which words, phrases and strings people used:
When it comes to Premier League football teams in guessable passwords, Liverpool are champions and Chelsea are second. Blink-182 topped the charts of music acts.
(With inputs from agencies)