Consumers feel vulnerable in the face of increased risks

The year 2020 was marked by a significant boom in e-commerce. According to a recent report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 19% of global sales were made online in the past year. While many have appreciated this added convenience during a pandemic, this trend has also come with some inconvenience.

This is exactly what emerges from a study recently carried out by the American company NortonLifeLock. It made it possible to interview consumers from ten countries, including France. The opportunity to learn more about the cybersecurity issues they are facing.

Stronger passwords to counter threats

One thing is clear from the start: since the beginning of the pandemic, respondents see themselves increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. 74% therefore believe that teleworking simplifies the task of malicious actors. 65% confirm that they spend a lot more time online than in the past, which increases the risk. In addition, 63% of respondents say they are much more careful because they are aware of the risks involved.

Unfortunately, these fears are not based on wind. A total of 330 million people worldwide are believed to have been victims of cybercrime in 2020, and 2,700 billion hours have been lost solving the problems caused by these attacks.

Norton was also interested in the psychological impact on consumers. Unsurprisingly, 52% of respondents feel angry, while 46% feel stressed and 31% feel they have no solution. Identity theft became a recurring problem last year, according to company reports, affecting 55 million people.

To address the risks, 48% of internet users have chosen to create more complex passwords and 38% share less personal information on social networks. In addition to these sensible measures, it is also essential to use an appropriate antivirus solution. You can also find our full guide on the subject to help you make the right choice.

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