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Cybersecurity: the appalling naivety of Internet users in the face of danger

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In 2024, one would think that Internet users would be much more aware of the risks than before. This is partly the case, but there is still a long way to go in this area. According to a study conducted in the United States by the cybersecurity company Malwarebytes, Americans are very naive when it comes to protecting their data.

Internet users not sufficiently protected ?

To see more clearly, the experts carried out a survey and the figures are surprising . Thus, 79% of respondents say they are concerned about respecting their privacy online. This is a good thing, but only 35% of them use an antivirus solution.

An incredibly low number, even though it is one of the essential links in the cyber defense line. You can also find our guide which lists the best offers on the market here.

On the other hand, 27% of respondents say they use a VPN, which seems quite high. While multi-factor authentication is an additional guarantee of security, only 24% use it. 20% use ad blockers, and 15% are customers of password management services.

Also note that 13% use browsers that they consider protective of their personal data and 12% use a search engine that respects privacy. Without wanting to judge the Internet users in question (you cannot subscribe to all cybersecurity services), we can see that a certain form of negligence continues. Especially since users' favorite passwords are often ridiculous and too easily decipherable.

Ever more sophisticated scams

Unfortunately, this lack of vigilance can have harmful consequences. To cite just one example from daily life, phishing scams are increasing. We recently told you about these people accused of fraud, aged barely 19, who sent SMS messages to their targets explaining that they had not paid their fine on time and that they risked a surcharge.

Once on the site imitating the National Agency for Automated Crime Processing (ANTAI), victims were invited to provide their payment information, including bank card numbers with expiration date and visual cryptogram. You can always reread our article which goes into more detail on this matter here.

What you need to remember:

  • Many Internet users still don't use antivirus
  • Few users take the time to install it; multi-factor authentication
  • Meanwhile, scams are getting more and more elaborate

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116