Microsoft recently concluded its survey monitoring the internet usage habits of people, and the subsequent security risks they attract while doing so. We’re amidst times when gaining an entry into someone else’s private space, seems to have become as easy as logging in onto one’s own account. It is at such times, that issues like online security become more of a need, than a want.

Creating security awareness..

Creating security awareness..

The survey in question, found out that over 50 per cent of the Indian population accessed internet, each day for an average of 5 hours at least. Narrowing down further, the report also revealed that 40 per cent of those chose to spend their internet access time on popular social networking platforms, thereby giving away the largest bite of the pie to social networking. After social networking, it was found that over 35 per cent of the users spent their time in researching on the web, and 22 per cent allotted their internet access time to entertainment.

The survey further revealed that the extreme popularity of social networking made it more prone to cyber attacks. It was also learned that more and more people lost the privacy of their personal data entered on these social networking sites, and fewer people are believed to be worried about losing out owing to credit card frauds. The survey adds that over 23 per cent of Indians have been the victims of cyber attacks, at some point of their internet usage time.

Personal data loss is by far the most extensive form of cyber attacks, with over 67 per cent of the users being victims of the same, the report stated. Email hacking, on the other hand, saw 19 per cent of users falling prey. The good part, here was that the exposure to cyber attacks, or to the fear of the same had made people more aware and cautious of the same. Furthering this thought, a major chunk of the user base (90 per cent, as per the survey) had anti-virus installed on their systems. However, most left it at that, i.e. installed the anti-virus, and forgot about it. Using this underlined thought, Microsoft also furthered its security software – Microsoft Security Essentials, which as explained above would function in the back-end, without having the user do anything.

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