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Some 50% of Indians vulnerable to cyber criminals

Some 50% of Indians vulnerable to cyber criminals

More than half the adult population of India (54%) admit they don’t understand how to best protect themselves online.

A new survey by online security experts NortonLifeLock also found that 59% of adults in India were victims of cybercrime in the past 12 months. The research found that 70% of Indian adults believe that remote working has made it much easier for hackers and cybercriminals to take advantage of people.

About two-thirds (66%) said that they were more worried than ever before of being a victim of a cybercrime. Similarly, 63% of Indian adults responded that they feel more vulnerable to cybercrime than they did before the Covid-19 pandemic began.

“Despite these vulnerabilities around half (52%) say they do not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime, and even more (68%) say it is difficult for them to determine if the information they see online is from a credible source,” the report added.

Over 45% of Indian consumers have experienced identity theft, with 14% impacted in the past year alone (up from 10% in 2019), which means over 27 million Indian adults experienced identity theft in the past 12 months.

The ‘2021 Norton Cyber Safety Insights Report,’ based on research conducted online by The Harris Poll among 10,030 adults in 10 countries, including 1,000 adults in India, also found that cybercrime victims collectively spent 1.3 billion hours trying to resolve these issues.