Over 55% millennials in India hit by cybercrime

Nov 21, 2016 | 4:07 pm

Published by | Chandan Singh

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More than 55 % of millennials (born between 1980-2000) in India have experienced cybercrime during the past year and globally, millennials are the most commonly afflicted affected individuals, with 40 % experiencing it last 12 months, a report revealed on Saturday.

According to the ‘Norton Cyber Security Insights’ report by security software firm Norton by Symantec, “39 % Indian millennials have either experienced ransomware themselves or know someone who has”.
“Millennials emerged as the security username and password sharing generation in India with 34 % of them admitting to posting passwords of various medical data, ” said Ritesh Chopra, Country Manager, Norton by Symantec, in a declaration. Of those that have experienced ransomware, 80 % of the millennial victims do so in the recent one year alone.

Even more, 18 % of millennial victims paid the ransom, yet, did not get access to their files, the findings showed. When it comes to Wi-Fi utilization, 30 % millennials decided to have used their neighbor’s Wi-Fi network without their permissions, compared to 22 % of the overall respondents. While overall, one in four consumers regularly use public Wi-Fi connections available at international airports, coffee, and shops, this rises to 33 every cent among millennials. Placing their cyber security at risk, 60 % of these millennials are prepared to give into activities such as answering a survey question, install a third-party software (43 every cent), provide entry to documents while online (25 every cent) and turn off their security software (24 %) to gain access to free general public Wi-Fi.

In order to protect your information, Norton recommends these practices — avoid password promiscuity, do not pay the ransom and backup, be in control when online, understand the ins and outs of public Wi-Fi networks — to millennials.

The Norton report is an online survey of 20, 907 device users age eighteen and up across 21 markets, entrusted by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Edelman Intelligence.

Source: Indianexpress.com