Microsoft study shows 40% of US citizens receive online attacks

Microsoft security survey

A Microsoft study reveals that four in ten US citizens receive daily and weekly attacks, that attempt to steal their personal information or other data, while their PCs are connected to the internet.

The figure compares to an earlier study carried out by Microsoft in August 2014, which revealed 18% of 1,000 US adults reported daily or weekly online attacks via their mobile phone and also 22% received attacks via their tablet computers

Just over half of all UK citizens that polled in the ‘Get Safe Online’ campaign, reported that they had fallen victim to online crime.Half of those who reported to having received such online threats as fraud, identity theft, hacking or online abuse – claimed to have been left feeling very or extremely violated.

On a posiitive note, US citizens are taking more action to improve their information security on their mobile devices, according to a Microsoft survey. With results bringing in only 25% in 2012 compared to nearly three-quarters of respondents in the new survey taking these steps to protect their mobile devices.

On average, the poll showed that US citizens take three unique steps to safeguard their mobile device, five steps to protect their PC and eight steps to protect personal information generally.

“Regardless of the device, Microsoft routinely advises newer is better as more up-to-date technology often includes the latest security and safety features,” chief online safety officer at Microsoft Jacqueline Beauchere wrote in a blog post.

Fear of shopping scams have grown from 54% in 2012 to 60%. Shopping scams include attempting to make a purchase at an unsecured website, over payment, email shopping and lottery scams.

“Criminals are eager to gain access to people’s private account and other sensitive personal data because such information is extremely valuable.
“This is not only to attempt to perpetrate a one-time fraud, but also to seek to coalesce a portfolio of data about an individual so as to pretend to be him or her – in other words, to commit identity theft,” said Beauchere.

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