Online security risks are considered by many computer users to be just as dangerous as offline behaviors and events that could lead to bodily harm, theft or financial damage, according to a new survey from virus protection provider Webroot.
For example, approximately 85 percent of Internet users find sharing a password is a high-risk situation, while 87 and 88 percent also believe driving without a seatbelt and driving without insurance brings the same amount of risk.
This might also be an example that you might not want to admit you agree with, but does make sense overall. Approximately 61 percent of respondents admitted that a lost laptop, tablet or netbook is about the same or worse as having your wallet or purse stolen.
Think about it. It's much cheaper to replace the purse or wallet and the credit cards inside. Furthermore, you probably have a lot more information stored on your computer or smartphone (i.e. passwords, etc.) than just some pieces of plastic that you could have cancelled immediately.
The takeaway here is that while both activities might result in different consequences, the results could be unbelievably catastrophic nonetheless -- whether they result in physical or financial harm, or possibly both.
Webroot chief information security officer Jacques Erasmus explained in the report that "today’s Internet users share an increasing amount of personal information online, and cybercriminals target security loopholes and careless practices to carry out everything from credit fraud to identity theft."
Nevertheless, there might be a silver lining as Erasmus reassured that Webroot researchers found "people are cognizant of these risks, and savvier about the importance of practicing safe online behaviors.”
For reference, the report is based on the responses from 1,637 Internet users aged 18 and older in Australia, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and the United States surveyed from March 8-13, 2012.
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