HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam has tens of millions of internet users but many of them have not known how to secure their personal information and protect themselves from malicious content in the digital world, according to a workshop held in Ha Noi on Wednesday.
Google detects 9,500 malicious sites around the web each day while discovering more than 300,000 phising sites (websites that attempt to trick people into revealing personal information) each month this year, according to Mike Orgill from Google's Public Policy and Government Affairs department for Southeast Asia.
"The internet offers great opportunities and plays a very important role in Viet Nam's economic growth now and in the future," said Orgill. "As more and more activities are carried out on the internet, equipping Vietnamese people with sufficient knowledge to take advantage of the benefits of the web is becoming increasingly important."
There are more than 30 million internet users in Viet Nam, and the number of internet users has been increasing by an average rate of 14.6 per cent during the past five years. The internet has also contributed 0.9 per cent to the country's GDP, according to the global business management strategy company McKinsey.
As part of activities to mark Viet Nam Information Security Day, the Viet Nam Information Security Association (VNISA), Viet Nam Computer Emergency Response Team (VNCERT) and Google are working together to provide practical and useful advice on information security and management.
Internet users are encouraged to use different passwords for different accounts and enable two-layer verification for Google accounts to enhance security. They are also provided with advice on how to protect themselves from malicious and incognito contents.
"When people know that they have adopted sufficient and necessary measures to protect themselves and their family when using the internet, they will comfortably and safely enjoy the benefits that technologies bring about," said VNISA's chairman Nguyen Duy Ngoc. — VNS