New Bitdefender Report Reveals Majority of Online Consumers Practice Risky Behavior for Data Protection, Digital Identity and Device Management
BUCHAREST, Romania and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bitdefender, a global cybersecurity leader, today released the 2021 Bitdefender Global Report: Cybersecurity and Online Behaviors, which reveals how consumers across various age groups and socio-demographic backgrounds behave on popular platforms, applications and devices, affecting cybersecurity risk. Findings show basic practices for securing data, protecting identity and sharing information are lacking despite increased threats and heightened concern over cybercrime.
"Understanding consumer online security behavior trends is crucial for strengthening cybersecurity across society at large," said Bogdan Botezatu, director, threat research and reporting at Bitdefender. "Cybercriminals continuously explore new ways to exploit human weaknesses to steal sensitive data, extort money, or gain a foothold inside systems. By understanding everyday cybersecurity practices, we can better gauge potential risks and vulnerabilities to educate consumers on ways to protect themselves more effectively such as how to use prevention, detection and digital identity protection technologies to stop attacks from being successful."
The report, based on a survey that polled more than 10,000 consumer internet users across 11 countries, examines the use of popular online platforms and services, personal cybersecurity practices, level of exposure to threats and more.
Key findings from the 2021 Bitdefender Global Report: Cybersecurity and Online Behaviors report include:
About the Survey
The 2021 Bitdefender Global Report: Cybersecurity and Online Behaviors was commissioned by Bitdefender and carried out by the market research firm iSense Solutions. A total of 10,124 internet users between the ages of 18 and 65 years old were polled online. Surveys were conducted across 11 countries in North America, Europe and Australia, with total data weighted according to the size of online population in each country. Data was collected and analyzed from June 2021 to August 2021.
To download a complimentary copy of the full report, visit here.
Bitdefender is a cybersecurity leader delivering best-in-class threat prevention, detection, and response solutions worldwide. Guardian over millions of consumer, business, and government environments, Bitdefender is the industry's trusted expert* for eliminating threats, protecting privacy and data, and enabling cyber resiliency. With deep investments in research and development, Bitdefender Labs discovers 400 new threats each minute and validates 30 billion threat queries daily. The company has pioneered breakthrough innovations in antimalware, IoT security, behavioral analytics, and artificial intelligence and its technology is licensed by more than 150 of the world's most recognized technology brands. Founded in 2001, Bitdefender has customers in 170 countries with offices around the world. For more information, visit https://www.bitdefender.com.
*Bitdefender has ranked #1 in 54% of all tests by AV-Comparatives 2018-2021 for real-world protection, performance, malware protection & advanced threat protection.
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