online incidents brings losses up to at least $1.2m in past four years
An internet safety organisation is warning Kiwis to be vigilant this Easter as data shows a 360 per cent jump in online incidents during the break since 2017.
Netsafe CEO Martin Cocker said during Easter many people connect online with whānau and hoa and share special memories on social media.
But it has also turned into the time of year when the internet is the most dangerous, according to the agency.
Over the past four years, it means Kiwis have reported to Netsafe they have lost roughly $1.2 million during the Easter holiday period.
The extent of losses will be even higher considering not everything is reported to the agency.
Netsafe was alarmed to see just over half of reports it handled last Easter (52.9 per cent) related to "fake sextortion".