CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS: HOW ONLINE BEHAVIOR PUTS CONSUMERS AT RISK

CYBER SECURITY AWARENESS: HOW ONLINE BEHAVIOR PUTS CONSUMERS AT RISK

October 2013 – rsa-fraud-report-102013

October marks the launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United
States, a time for the public and private sectors to come together to promote online
awareness about how to stay safe online. Last year, RSA launched the Online Identity Risk
Calculator in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) to provide an
interactive tool for consumers to see how the activities they perform online could put
them at risk for identity theft and other cyber threats.
In the last year, we have received over 14,500 responses from consumers in more than
170 countries. Following are some of the highlights:
–– 67% of consumers access their online banking account at least once a week
–– 83% of consumers make a purchase online once a month or more often
–– 95% of consumers access one email account on a regular basis
– 40% access three or more email accounts on a regular basis
–– 77% of consumers access social networking sites on a regular basis
–– 74% of consumers have downloaded apps to a mobile device within the last year
–– 37% of consumers visit online gaming sites once a month or more often
–– 35% of consumers have been infected with a Trojan in the last year
So why are these statistics so important? Well take for example that 3 out of every 10
phishing emails are targeted at social networking sites1. When you consider that more
than three out of every four consumers uses a social networking site on a regular basis,
it makes the net that phishers are able to cast much wider.

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