All of us have pretty much heard about attacks on websites and e-accounts. Such attacks are made by hackers. As long as users do not use strong codes, they make it easy to be attacked by hackers. Internet users believe that their codes are protected despite the growing threat of cybercrime.
Internet users believe that their codes are protected despite the growing threat of cybercrime. Gradualy, internet users becoming more and more aware of the need to protect their personal information, which are on the internet. But this is not a powerful driving force in order to take some simple steps about their safety when they are on the internet. It is very important to act immediately to protect ourselves, as hackers continue to use their abilities and adapt them in order to take advantage of security gaps.
76% of users know that they have to protect their information on the internet, but still share passwords.The most common victims of cybercrime are the elderly as the 40% have experienced online crime in 2016. The elderly have quite loose internet security habits as the 35% share their passwords.
Another type of fraud is by email. These scams are called electronic "phishing" and have been done for over two decades. These are done via email, social media, text messaging (SMS), and even from chat rooms, trying through this way to deceive users so as to install malicious software and attack them later. Such threats have evolved so much from hackers, so it is very difficult for the users to realize in a short time that the corresponding messages are fake. Most people are not able to recognize a real from a fake email. Only some of the recipients are properly examing the emails they receive, for example if they are asked to download an attachment or share their passwords. In this way, they understand if temail is misleading or not.
Most people (reaching 51%) are not really sure how to recognize a real email from a fake.
80% of users said that there is a posibility to have an online "phishing" attack incident. This has resulted in phishing attack strategy to remain as a popular hacker tactic.
13% of users have taken some action, such as responding with personal information or clicking on a link.
80% of those who did something like above, had negative consequences such as identity theft, money thef from bank account, credit card issuance in their name and unauthorized apps which had installed on their device.
If we keep our online data secure daily, like brushing our teeth, then the cybercrime will be significantly reduced.
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Source: Norton Cyber Security Insights Report(2016)