Indians who were victims of cybercrime within the past year often continued their unsafe behavior, still sharing passwords and other risky steps online, a new report by Norton by Symantec revealed on Thursday. The annual report titled “Norton Cyber Security Insights” found that 79 percent of consumers know they must actively protect their information online but they still engage in online risky behavior. “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. Also Read - NortonLifeLock India report suggests people feel gaming takes a physical tollAlso Read - Hundreds of 'Creepware' apps removed from Google Play store
For example, while these consumers were equally likely to use a password on every account, they were over twice as likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts. Additionally, nearly one in five (18 per cent) consumers have at least one unprotected device, leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks, the findings showed.
While quoting various reasons for not protecting their devices, 36 percent said they do not do anything “risky” online and 23 percent believed security measures would slow them down. “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,” Chopra added. According to the findings, people who experienced cybercrime within the past year were more likely to be concerned about the security of their home Wi-Fi network (79 percent versus 70 percent non-victims), yet less likely to password protect their home Wi-Fi network than non-victims (28 percent versus 10 percent of non-victims have unprotected networks). ALSO READ: India witnessed 350 percent rise in cybercrime from 2011-14: ASSOCHAM-PwC study
Only 56 percent of consumers knew how to determine whether the Wi-Fi network they are using is secure. This is of concern especially since 22 percent of respondents agreed to have used their neighbor’s Wi-Fi network without their permission. When it comes to public Wi-Fi, one in four (27 percent) regularly use public Wi-Fi connections available at airports, coffee shops, etc. “Further, one in three (33 percent) Indians have either experienced ransomware themselves or know someone who has. Of those who have experienced ransomware, 83 percent of the victims did so in the past one year alone, indicating a steady rise of this menace,” the findings showed. ALSO READ: Cybercrime biggest challenge for India: Home Minister Rajnath Singh