Having an online presence is not a privilege anymore. In more ways than one, most people today are keen on maintaining an online presence, be it to achieve professional growth or to maintain personal connections.
But, remember that having an online presence is not only about having a social media account. Having an email id or using ecommerce websites may also be considered as your digital presence. And this may expose you to risk. Of what? The risk of a cyber-attack.
With the rise in the number of ways one could create a virtual presence, the number of scammers and fraudsters lurking in the dark corners of the internet are also on the rise. As an individual internet user, several of your actions on the internet may leave you vulnerable to cyber-attacks.
The motive of these cyber-attacks could be many. Some may be trying to steal your identity, while others may be after your money. Either way, it is important to ensure that while your cruise the internet to your benefit, you are also watching your back.
Having a cyber insurance plan can help you achieve this. These types of policies help you secure your online presence in various ways. While insurance cannot prevent mishaps from happening, it can certainly help you recover from them, especially in cases where financial support is necessary.*
As someone who has any sort of online presence, be it an email id, a social media account, or a UPI account, it may help you to get yourself acquainted with what cyber insurance is
, and how it may help you deal with difficult situations involving your virtual presence.
What Does Cyber Insurance Mean?
Most insurance policies work in a similar manner. The policy buyer enters into a contract with the insurance provider they have opted for. As part of this contract, the buyer is then required to pay a premium to the insurer. The premium amount is based on the type of coverage chosen as well as the personal details of the policy buyer.*
In return, the insurer offers coverage to the policyholder. The scope of this coverage is based on the type of policy chosen by the buyer. In the case of cyber insurance, the policy tends to cover a range of online issues that the policyholder may face. Possibilities commonly included under cyber insurance coverage
- Identity theft
- Data contamination
- Online financial loss
- Social media liability
- Privacy or data breach
- Cyber extortion
The coverage may differ from one policy to another, depending on what the insurer has to offer. However, if you have a significant online presence and depend on it to run your business, you are prone to risk. Hence, it may help you to have this added layer of security.*
The Need for Cyber Insurance
Cyber insurance is becoming increasingly important for almost everyone in India as well as around the world. The number of cyber-attacks in India has been increasing in recent years, and the cost of these attacks can be significant. Cyber insurance can help you protect yourself from financial losses that may arise from cyber attacks.*
There are a number of cyber insurance policies available in India. It is best to first understand what these policies offer and how they function, so you could choose accordingly. Ensure that it offers optimal coverage for your needs.
Furthermore, ensure that you understand how your cyber insurance policy works. As a policyholder, you should be well aware of the inclusions and exclusions.* You must also understand the claim process well, so you may be able to make a claim if the need were to arise.^ You may be able to gather these details through the policy documents, or you may get in touch with an insurance agent or your insurance provider to understand the plan better.
^Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under cyber insurance policy.
Buying Cyber Insurance
Cyber insurance is a relatively newer category of insurance in India. Nonetheless, it is commonly available and pretty accessible to almost everyone. If you have an online presence in any way, you may want to consider cyber insurance
When choosing cyber insurance, here are a few factors to consider:
- Understand your needs and the risks you face. Once you do, you can start to understand which policies may suit you best.
- Understand the details of the policy. These are commonly available on the policy page on the insurance provider’s website. You may also consult an insurance agent.
- Get your questions answered. If you have any doubts about the policy, reach out to the insurer and have these resolved.
Cyber insurance is a way to fortify your online presence. The cost of cyber insurance will vary across insurance providers. By purchasing a policy, you can protect yourself from the financial losses that can result from a cyber-attack.*
*Standard T&C Apply
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