Survey reveals 50% of users cannot recognize phishing message

In recent survey conducted by O+ K Research at the request of Kaspersky Lab demonstrates, found half of the survey respondents are incapable of recognizing a phishing message or a forged website.

Phishing is a tool used by cybercriminals to steal data are primarily interested in gaining unauthorized access to social network accounts, accounts in online banking and payment systems, and online shops. Kaspersky Lab revealed that 68 per cent of phishing messages were targeted at data theft in June.

The survey also shows:

  • 47 per cent of PC users got a message with a suspicious link or an attachment;
  • 29 per cent of them got letters on the name of a bank (social network, another service, etc.) with a request for confidential information;
  • 26 per cent admitted their computers had been infected as result of opening an attachment to a letter;
  • 13 per cent had entered personal or financial data at suspicious pages;
  • 24 per cent of tablet users received phishing messages;
  • 18 per cent of smartphone users received phishing messages;
  • 14 per cent had letters on behalf of a bank; and
  • 11 per cent had letters on behalf of a social network.

Overwhelming of phishing messages make the Internet users in relying own efforts to fight against it more difficult. Recently, Kaspersky Lab has launched its latest security solution, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 which comes with the new Safe Money technology that helps to block attempts to steal your sensitive data via phishing web-pages and malware linked to online shopping or banking services. For mobile device users, Kaspersky Mobile Security can help to protect your devices with its specific anti-phishing solutions.

There were over 11,000 users participated in the survey. All the participants were aged 16 or over and had access to the Internet, with over 90% of them going online every day and they are living in Latin and North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Both experienced and novice computer users took part in the survey. For the full version of the report on the survey conducted by O+K Research follow the link: http://www.kaspersky.com/downloads/pdf/kaspersky-lab_ok-consumer-survey-report_eng_final.pdf.

by Terry Brown

Author: VSDaily Editor

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