The Internet and computers have become an integral part of our everyday lives.
We wake to our smartphone alarm clock, check our emails over breakfast on our tablet, and settle in at our work desks in front of our computers to conduct the morning’s to-dos…and that’s all before 10am.
Yet, despite the convenience of all this modern technology, it also means that cybercrimes like hacking and identify theft are on the rise.
Norton released their report on cybercrime in 2013, and the data is quite compelling.
First off, though, let’s give a little context as to the depth of this report. Norton collected data from over 13,000 online adults ages 18-64 from 24 different countries.
Below are a few key factors that we found particularly interesting from Norton’s report:
- 64% of cybercrime victims are male.
- 66% are millennials (as compared to baby boomers).
- Common theme noticed in victims: Almost 1/2 of victims don’t use basic precautions like passwords or security software.
- Among smartphone users, 38% have been a victim of mobile cybercrime in the last year.
- There are 378 victims per year, which is more than 1 million per day, which translates to 12 victims per second.
- Risky behavior: 39% of social media users don’t log-out after a session, 25% share their passwords with family & friends, and 31% connect with people they don’t know.
Check out the entire report below:
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