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1 in 8 users don’t believe in cyberthreats: Survey

According
to a survey carried out jointly by B2B International and
Kaspersky Lab, 13% of Internet users do not believe that cyberattacks
are real. They feel that the threat is exaggerated by Internet
security companies. However, this complacency leaves them without any
protection against a risk that threatens their data and virtual lives
every day.

According
to a survey carried out jointly by B2B International and
Kaspersky Lab, 13% of Internet users do not believe that cyberattacks
are real. They feel that the threat is exaggerated by Internet
security companies. However, this complacency leaves them without any
protection against a risk that threatens their data and virtual lives
every day.

According
to statistics, even people who accept that cyberthreats are real are
not always convinced they need protection against these threats.
Specifically, only 22% of respondents believe they can be targeted by
cybercriminals. However, in reality any person’s device could be of
interest to attackers. Even if the owner does not store valuable data
on the device and does not carry out financial transactions online,
cybercriminals can make use of any computer, smartphone or tablet –
perhaps by turning it into a bot that sends spam, carries out DDoS
attacks or sends phishing links via instant messaging and email.

Almost
a third (32%) of users are not worried that their online accounts
could be compromised, or are even oblivious to this risk. Crucially,
this applies not only to personal pages on social networking sites
but to personal online banking accounts, which could hand over a
user’s personal finances to a cybercriminal. However, many people
feel that financial losses resulting from cyberattacks are extremely
unlikely – 42% of respondents are unaware of or not worried about
the possibility of such losses. One thing they do not realize is that
such losses may not be due to direct theft of money from their bank
accounts. Malware infection can also lead to unforeseen expenses,
including costs associated with the services of an IT specialist,
reinstalling software or temporary unavailability of a device.
Overall, 21% of respondents who have had malware on their devices
have incurred losses as a result of the incident.

According
to survey results, 20% of respondents are unaware that using public
Wi-Fi networks is risky because data sent over such networks can be
intercepted by cybercriminals. A slightly higher proportion of users,
27%, are aware of this threat but do not believe they need to worry
about it. At the same time, 55% of respondents use public networks,
12% enter their credentials on websites and 6% make online payments
while connected to a public network.

People
who believe that they are safe because cybercriminals will just leave
them alone and won’t be interested simply don’t understand the
nature of online threats. Hackers don’t usually focus on specific
targets, they try to scoop up as many victims as possible. This is
why it is very risky to use the Internet without a security
solution,” says Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product
Management, Kaspersky Lab.

 

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