Indian Cybercrime Victims Don’t Learn: Norton

NortonA recent report by Norton by Symantec reveals that Indians who were victims of cybercrime due to unsafe behavior often continued it long after the event. A report titled Norton Security Insights found that 79 percent of consumers are aware that they must protect their digital assets but still engage in online risky behavior.

Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager of Norton by Symantec, said

Our findings show that people are increasingly growing aware of the need to protect their personal information online, but are not motivated to take adequate precautions to stay safe

Good Habits come First

Risky online behavior includes using the same password on a lot of accounts. Moreover, they are twice as likely to share these passwords. Moreover, 18 percent consumers have at least one unprotected device at their home. These are often entry points of attacks. Attacks like ransomware, phishing attacks, zero day attacks and malware are often delivered to other devices on the network via the unprotected device.

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This 18 percent, when asked why they do not protect their devices, said that they either do not engage in risky behavior online (36 percent). Another section believes that security measures would slow them down (23 percent).

Chopra added

While consumers remain complacent, hackers are refining their skills and adapting their scams to further take advantage of people, making the need for consumers to take some action increasingly important.

The report also states that people who were victims of cybercrime are more concerned about the security of their home network, but are less likely to password protect their devices than non-victims.

One in four Indians regularly use public Wi-Fi. One on three were victims to ransomware or known someone infected with ransomware last year alone.

When it comes to cyber security, good habits and common sense count more than anything. Recently, a Google engineer also said that antivirus apps are ineffective if the users do not focus on the things that really do not matter – like how to protect their network, using strong passwords and keeping software updated.

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Source: Hindustan Times, Softpedia

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