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Cybercrime victims in India don’t learn from their mistakes, says Norton

The annual report titled “Norton Cyber Security Insights” discovered that 79 % of users recognize they must actively protect their information online but they still involve in risky behavior online .

“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,” Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager of Norton by Symantec, said in a statement. For example, while these consumers were likely to use a password on every account, they were twice as likely to share their password with others, opposing their efforts.

Additionally, nearly one in five (18 %) customers own at least one unprotected device, leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks, the findings showed. While quoting several reasons for not securing their devices, 36%  said they do nothing “risky/criminal activity” online and 23% believed security measures would slow them down.

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“While consumers remain proud, hackers are improving their skills and adapting their scams to take advantage of such people, making the need for users to take some action increasingly important,”

According to the findings, people who experienced cybercrime within the past year were more likely to be worried about the security of their home Wi-Fi network (79% versus 70% non-victims), yet less likely to password-protect their home Wi-Fi network than non-victims (28% versus 10% of non-victims have unprotected networks).

Only 56% of consumers knew how to determine whether the Wi-Fi network they are using is secure. This is of concern especially since 22% of respondents admitted to having used their neighbor’s Wi-Fi network without their approval. When it comes to public Wi-Fi, one out of four four  frequently use public Wi-Fi connections available at airports, coffee shops, etc.

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“Further, one in three Indians have either undergone ransomware themselves or know someone who has. Of those who have experienced ransomware, 83% of the victims did so in the past one year alone, symbolizing a steady rise of this menace,” the findings showed.
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