F-Secure reports identity theft worries plague consumers
A new report from cyber security provider F-Secure finds a steady barrage of major data breaches have left a vast majority of consumers worried about the online crimes that lead to identity theft and account takeovers.The report, Is ID theft the cyber crime we fear most? A look at consumer views on identity theft and cyber crime, includes findings from a consumer survey of nine countries, such as:
- Nearly nine in ten consumers are at least somewhat worried about their bank accounts being hacked to steal money (89%), online shopping fraud (87%), and someone committing a crime with their identity (87%)
- Internet users in Brazil are by far the most likely to report they have been personally affected by cyber crime (76%) followed by the US (62%) and Sweden (52%), while just about one-third of Germans (34%) had dealt with cyber crime in their family
- Women report more worries about identity theft and cyber crime, while men report they have experienced these scourges more
Consumers may feel like there is a data breach every day because statistically, there is. Between January of 2005 and October of 2019, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse recorded 9,705 data breaches, an average of 1.8 a day.
“The less time criminals have to exploit your data, the lower your risk of fraud and identity theft,” says Bliss. “This tool makes it easier to get a sense what criminals know about you now.”
Nobody has better visibility into real-life cyber attacks than F-Secure. We’re closing the gap between detection and response, utilizing the unmatched threat intelligence of hundreds of our industry’s best technical consultants, millions of devices running our award-winning software, and ceaseless innovations in artificial intelligence. Top banks, airlines, and enterprises trust our commitment to beating the world’s most potent threats. Together with our network of the top channel partners and over 200 service providers, we’re on a mission to make sure everyone has the enterprise-grade cyber security we all need. Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.