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Indians worry more about hacking of social networking accounts than loss of personal data

Microsoft recently conducted an online usage and security survey to find
out more about consumers needs. As per the survey 74 per cent online users
worry about the hacking of their social networking account as opposed to loss
of their personal data, which accounts for just 16 per cent and credit card
fraud at 5 per cent.

Microsoft recently conducted an online usage and security survey to find
out more about consumers needs. As per the survey 74 per cent online users
worry about the hacking of their social networking account as opposed to loss
of their personal data, which accounts for just 16 per cent and credit card
fraud at 5 per cent.

The survey was hosted on Microsoft India’s ‘Windows and Me’ Facebook page
and received responses from over 1000 consumers. According to the study, nearly
23 per cent have been victims of cyber crime. Of these 23 per cent people, 67
per cent of them lost their personal data in the cyber attacks while 19 per
cent suffered email account hacking. About 50 per cent of respondents said they
spent close to five hours on the internet daily. Connecting with people online
emerged as the favourite activity, with 40 per cent people saying they spend
this time on social networking sites.

Other key activities included research with 35 per cent respondents and
entertainment which saw 22 per cent respondents. The study revealed that nearly
one—fourth of the participants (over 23 per cent) said they have been victims
of cyber attacks.

The study also found that almost 90 per cent of Indians have an anti-virus
installed on their PCs, however, 62 per cent felt their job is done once they
install an anti—virus on their PC. “This reflects that the Indian consumers are
still are not completely aware of the repercussions of cyber attacks,” the
study said.

“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware about security threats they
are exposed to in the online environment and are looking for security solutions
that work in the back—end and let them enjoy their online world without any
worries or interruptions,” Pankaj Ukey, Director, Windows Client, Consumer and
Online Business, Microsoft India has said.

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