Ironically, people value their computers and every bit of data therein, but only few bother to employ good security software. It’s also important to note that the smartphone is a burgeoning device used to access the cloud, becoming an attractive target of hacks as well.
That is to say, 66 percent admitted that they if they were to become victim of a hack job, their financial activities are imperiled, according to this infographic from Trend Micro. What’s more, an average computer holds up to nearly three years’ worth of financial information.
Aside from leaving their computer virtually open like a book for cyberpunks to read, about half of the surveyed population said they don’t have any sort of backup services either.
It should also be a priority to monitor kids’ social media profiles as well, and very few parents check their kids’ online activities even though 83 percent of them claim to be concerned about it.
About 50 percent of parents said they are at risk of losing 250-500 photos should they get drudged, and half of them have had a history of data loss. Another 50 percent said their computer was wrecked after clicking a malicious link, and only half said they clicked the link themselves (so it’s probably the kids, right?).
Moreover, Trend Micro says an average consumer spends at least $500 to fix things when something goes wrong. Aside from repair costs, you might become a victim of fraudulent billing. Thirty percent of the people in this study suffered from it, and 14 percent claims they were billed more than once for a purchase.
Instead of spending big bucks for the cure, you could spend small(er) bucks on prevention. It’s been a major initiative for security firms, educating consumers about the necessity of protective software and backup and recovery services. Just as the enterprise recognized the importance of data protection, so too will consumers as the cloud infiltrates their every device, bank account, health development and more.