The Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has reported that hacking cases in Malaysia has increased by a whooping 55% over the past year, from 1,599 reports in 2020 and 2,483 reports in 2021.
This had caused Malaysians losing their access to social media and instant messaging accounts.
With this, the MCMC urged the general public to activate their 2-factor authentication (2FA) on their social media and instant messaging accounts to further protect yourselves from the risk of getting hacked.
“The security risks mean that the urge to use 2FA is more urgent, because of the risks of being hacked or having an account being taken over. Issues like these make it possible for things like identity theft, and it can even lead to fraud involving the loss of thousands of Ringgit,” said the MCMC.
MCMC then explained that the first layer of security is generally the combination of the username and password, which has been used since the beginning. However, the use of passwords as the only security measure in cyberspace is weak and vulnerable to the risk of hacking or access acquisition.
With the 2FA, the user will be asked to enter a login code or key in a special security code to access your account.
In addition, this feature will also alert the user should there be an attempt to log in from a different browser or an unknown mobile device, and they will be given a choice to confirm or deny the login attempt.
MCMC has also provided a list of social platforms in which you can activate your 2-factor authentications and they include Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, TikTok, WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
Apart from this, MCMC also advised the public to not click on suspicious links received via email and to always be vigilant of any any phone calls or messages from any individuals (whether known or unknown) requesting you to share special codes such as security codes to social media and messaging application.
Hurry up and secure your accounts if you have yet to set up the 2FA! Stay safe in cyberspace.