Do You Suffer from Internet Addiction? Canadians Rank amongst Biggest Online Users in the World
Do you feel as if you’re currently suffering from addiction? An online addiction, that is. Well, you may not be alone. According to comScore Canada, when it comes to accessing the Internet from a desktop computer, Canadians rank higher than anyone else—in the world! That’s right, Canadians are guilty of spending the most time on online and visiting websites, but only when referring to desktop usage.
The Numbers behind the Title
Different factors were observed in order to come up with this statistic, such as average monthly unique visitors. In conclusion, comScore discovered that Canadians visit an average of 80 sites and spend right around 36.6 hours online on their desktops every single month.
Interestingly enough, Canada just recently resurfaced to the top spot after coming in second place the past two years. It seems that once Canadians log in and start surfing the web, they stay in one place longer than other users—an average of 3,238 pages are visited every month.
When it comes to using the Internet via a mobile device, there was a five percent increase this year—totaling 24 million subscribers. With these mobile devices, commonly used functions were instant messaging, games and various social media outlets. Amongst the most popular sites were Twitter and Snapchat. Mobile devices are often used for online shopping purposes, too.
However, tablets were usually used to take and manage photos, as well as to listen to Internet music. Desktops were mostly utilized to view reports regarding news and sports, as well as do a little online shopping.
Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT
Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.
“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.
Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:
- Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
- CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
- Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data
However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”
In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies.
The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help.
“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”