Norton by Symantec, released findings from the annual Norton Cyber Security Insights Report, which sheds light on the truth about online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers. The most common cybercrime consumers experienced was mobile device theft (24 percent), followed by account password compromised (22 percent) and hacks into email accounts (21 percent).
The report also found that consumers who were victims of cybercrime within the past year often continued their unsafe behavior. For example, in Malaysia, even though victims used passwords, they were likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts.
Furthermore, given the rampant rate of cybercrime, the complacency in consumer behavior is concerning. In Malaysia, among those with at least one unprotected device, almost two in five (38 percent) said they don’t need protection because they don’t do anything “risky” online. Interestingly, 74 percent of consumers know they must actively protect their information online, yet they are still sharing passwords and engaging in other risky behaviors. 34 percent of people have at least one unprotected device leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks.
- Consumers admit the risks are real
- Bad habits are hard to break – online or otherwise
- Overconfidence in connected devices leaves consumers vulnerable
- Malaysians are falling prey to ransomware
Norton Top Tips to Stay Safe Online:
Just as we don’t leave our front door open when we head out on vacation, we shouldn’t leave our information vulnerable online. By adopting a few basic behaviors, we can make big strides in mitigating cybercrime risk:
- Avoid password promiscuity: Protect your accounts with strong, unique passwords that use a combination of at least 10 upper and lowercase letters, symbols and numbers to help keep the bad guys at bay. Make it difficult for attackers to access your information by changing your passwords every three months and not reusing passwords for multiple accounts. That way, if a cybercriminal gets your password, they can’t compromise all of your accounts. And if it’s too overwhelming to keep up this practice, use a password manager to help!
- Don’t go on a phishing expedition: Think twice before opening unsolicited messages or attachments, particularly from people you don’t know, or clicking on random links. The message may be from a cybercriminal who has compromised your friend or family member’s email or social media accounts.
- Don’t keep a (dis)connected home: When installing a new network-connected device, such as a router or smart thermostat, remember to change the default password. If you don’t plan on using the Internet feature(s), such as with smart appliances, disable or protect remote access when not needed. Also, protect your wireless connections with strong Wi-Fi encryption so no one can easily view the data traveling between your devices.
- Be in control when online: Entrust your devices to security software to help protect you against the latest threats. Protect all your devices with a robust, multi-platform solution, like Norton Security.
- Know the ins and out of public Wi-Fi networks: Accessing personal information on unprotected public Wi-Fi is like broadcasting your entire screen on TV – everything you do on a website or through an app, could potentially be exposed. Avoid anything that involves sharing your personal information (paying a bill online, logging in to social media accounts, paying for anything with a credit card, etc.).
The Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report is an online survey of 20,907 device users ages 18+ across 21 markets, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence. The Malaysia sample reflects input from 1,000 Malaysia device users ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1% for the total Malaysia sample. Data was collected Sept. 14 - Oct. 4, 2016 by Edelman Intelligence.
Norton single solution for multiple platforms
On 16 November, 2016, at Kuala Lumpur, Norton by Symantec today announced the launch of its new Norton Security software in Malaysia, boosting its protection and performance capabilities to higher levels for consumers. As one of the industry’s leading security solutions for consumers, Norton Security provides customers with our best security protection in one subscription service across multiple platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android and iOS.
Norton Security is offered as a flexible service to help protect all your devices. Norton Security is being offered from MSRP MYR99 onwards. Norton Security is available for purchase online at malaysia.norton.com.