U.S. consumers and cyber crime - Statistics & Facts
Cyber crime refers to the use of a computer to commit fraud, illegally traffic intellectual property, steal identities or violate privacy. Cyber crime over the internet is gaining relevance as the internet has become vital to commerce, entertainment and government. As the internet and its widespread adoption first occurred in the United States, it was there that the first occurrences and effects of cyber crime were felt and continue to be felt on a large scale.
As of August 2015, 70 percent of respondents of a worldwide survey stated that they were concerned about the fact that their personal data could be stolen. User behavior also plays a key role in combating cybercrime and prevention is typically the best defense. Some tips for prevention include keeping your computer current with the latest updates, make sure it is configured securely, choosing strong passwords and protecting your computer with security software. In the United States, 56 percent of respondents had taken some form of online security precautions over the last month. Another survey showed that 17 percent of adults in the United States had last changed their passwords for their personal e-mail accounts over a year ago. Taking precautions and securing personal computers, information and passwords is an important way to prevent cybercrime.
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