#CyberFLASH: VANCOUVER – From spam to phishing scams and ransomware, Canadians face a number of cyber security threats.

Apple Hosts Event At Company's Town HallVANCOUVER – From spam to phishing scams and ransomware, Canadians face a number of cyber security threats.

And it turns out we rank quite high when it comes to a number different types of attacks, according to Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report.

“Certainly, one of the biggest threats facing Canadians right now is something called ransomware. Globally, Canada is number four. They’re seeing over 16,000 attacks per day,” says Kevin Haley with Symantec Security Response.

“Ransomware is a type of threat that will encrypt the files on your machine and it will charge you a ransom in order to get access to your files back. We in fact saw a 35 per cent increase from 2014 in this type of attack.”

But that’s not the only threat you face by powering on your laptop or tablet.

“In social media, Canada is actually number five. They are the fifth-most attacked country for social media scams,” says Haley.

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