Norton : Malaysian Internet Users Cyber-crime Experience 2015

Mar 15, 2016

Norton by Symantec, today released its findings from the Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report* which sheds light on the truths of online crime and the personal effect it has on consumers in Malaysia.
  • 56% of consumers believed it’s more likely to have their credit card information stolen after shopping online rather than out of their wallets.
  • More than six in 10 (59 percent) of Malaysians believe using public Wi-Fi is riskier than using a public restroom.
  • Additionally, 33 percent reported they have personally experienced cybercrime in the past year.
  • Baby boomers are more tech savvy than Millennials when it comes to secure online habits

Emotional toll

Cybercrime takes a true emotional toll with 4 in 10 (41 percent) of consumer cybercrime victims in Malaysia feeling frustrated after becoming a victim.
  • About seven in 10 (74 percent) of respondents said they’d feel devastated if their personal financial information was compromised
  • More than six in 10 (65 percent) respondents believe dealing with the consequences of a stolen identity is more stressful than preparing for a presentation at work (37 percent)
  • More than six out of 10 (65 percent) respondents are more stressed when they realize that they have downloaded a virus than sitting next to a screaming baby on a plane (48 percent)
Password sharing
  • 76 percent believe it is riskier to share their email password with a friend than lend them their car (24 percent), yet sharing of password is still common.
  • Of those using passwords, nearly two in five (38 percent) respondents always use a secure password – a combination of at least eight letters, numbers and symbols. People are sharing passwords to online sensitive accounts with friends and family. Of those sharing passwords, one in three (34 percent) share the password to their banking account.
Norton Top Tips to Stay Safe Online
  • Choose a unique, smart, secure password for each account you have online. For tips on how to do this, click here

  • Delete emails from senders you don’t know, and don’t click on attachments or links on suspicious-looking emails.
  • On social media sites if an offer sounds too good to be true, it just might be. Beware of the pitfalls of clicking on links from social media sites. Before clicking, hover the mouse over the link to see its destination. Only click on links that lead to reputable, official company pages.
  • Always monitor your financial accounts for unusual activity. If there is a charge that you didn’t make, report it immediately. Often cybercriminals will charge a small “test” amount before attempting to drain your bank account.
  • Don’t put off installing security software such as Norton Security and updating it regularly.
  • Use a secure backup solution to protect files and backup regularly so criminals can’t hold them for ransom.

Choon Hong Chee, Director, Asia consumer Business, Nor
Cyber attackers are not slowing down. They are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to steal consumers’ personal information such as passwords, contact information and banking credentials to fill their coffers,” said Choon Hong Chee, Director, Asia Consumer Business, Norton by Symantec. “As consumers in Malaysia adapt to the fast-evolving digital world, we encourage them to take proactive measures to safeguard their information online and not become complacent about security.”