The year 2020 has seen a huge boom in e-commerce. According to a recent report from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, 19 percent of sales worldwide last year took place online. While many have appreciated the added convenience in times of pandemic, this trend has also been accompanied by some inconvenience.
This was the finding of a recent study conducted by the American company NortonLifeLock. It questioned consumers from ten countries, including France. This is an opportunity to learn more about the cybersecurity problems they encounter.
Stronger passwords to counter threats
One thing is clear: since the beginning of the pandemic, respondents feel increasingly vulnerable to cybercrime. Seventy-four percent believe that telecommuting makes it easier for malicious actors to do their jobs. 65% confirm that they spend far more time online than in the past, which increases the risk. In fact, 63% of respondents say they are much more cautious because they are aware of the risks involved.
Unfortunately, these fears are not based on empty words. In all, 330 million people are estimated to have been victims of cybercrime worldwide in 2020 and 2700 billion hours have been lost trying to solve the problems created by these attacks.
Norton also looked at the psychological impact among consumers. Unsurprisingly, 52% of respondents are angry, while 46% feel stressed, and 31% feel like they have no solution. Identity theft is becoming a recurring problem experienced by 55 million people last year, according to the company’s readings.
To address the risks, 48 percent of Internet users have decided to create more complex passwords, and 38 percent share less personal information on social networks. In addition to these common sense measures, the use of a suitable antivirus solution is also essential. You can find our complete guide on this subject to help you make the right choice.