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Consumers & Cybersecurity — Aware but Uncaring

Posted By Staff reporter, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Every year Generali Global Assistance checks in with consumers about cybersecurity. The Cyber Barometer says consumers are very concerned about ID theft — theirs in particular — and data breaches. Less than 20% — however — say they have a clue on how to protect themselves.


Here are some stats:

  91% of Americans and 81% of Europeans say they consider a personal data attack very stressful

  47% say they are worried about ID theft

  This jumps to 49% when the consumer has elderly parents

  It goes to 54% when the consumer has children


Americans have the highest number of people who regularly update passwords. While that sounds good, it’s still a pathetic 37%. The bad thing is more should change passwords more often because data breaches — since 2005 — average close to two a day.


Experts worry that the staggering number — 9,033 during the time period 2005 to today — is driving consumers to apathy. That takes us back to the 37%. That means 63% of Americans don’t regularly change their passwords.


The good news:


  88% do protect their computers with ani-virus and anti-malware software


The bad news:


  Just half have the same protections on their phones and tablets

  They account for the devices used in 50% of the web traffic in the world


More bad news:


  48% say they don’t trust the businesses charged with protecting their information

  44% say they lack control over their information

  45% say they don’t know what to do if their personal information is compromised


Good news for insurance providers:


  37% say they like the idea of an insurance provider or a bank taking care of their data and keeping a list of what needs protected

  46% said they would purchase that kind of protection from an insurer


The bad news


  As noted earlier, close to 91% say they consider an attack on their identity as very stressful

  Yet only 33% take the basic protection steps


Again — the good news for insurers:


  That consumers won’t protect themselves or know how means they need insurance of some sort


Source link: PropertyCasualty360.com

Tags:  cybersecurity  Generali Global Assistance 

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