Study: Germans protect data of their online accounts to little

80 percent of Germans consider their online accounts as valuable data. Nearly 70 percent believe that their personal data on the Internet are not sure, taking most of you but not enough, to protect adequately. 15 percent of Germans have even already been victim of data leaks.

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are the results of a survey of avast. The manufacturer of digital security products has 11.417 avast users asked, of which 1100 German user, to find out what value they attach to the personal data of their online accounts and what they do to protect this data. The most used online services of the Germans to remain E-Mail services, followed by WhatsApp,

avast data protection survey Reportvom March 2017 showing results of Amazon or other shopping sites, and Facebook . E-Mail services are not only the most used online services of the Germans – about half of the respondents they see as most important.

 eight of ten German indicate that their online accounts data are valuable for them. eight of ten German indicate that their online accounts data are valuable for them. For the respondents, the data of the following accounts have a value of 100 euros or more (image: avast).

eight of ten German indicate that their online accounts data are valuable for them. The data of the following accounts have a value of 100 euros or more for the respondents. Amazon and other shopping sites with 28 percent of respondents are at the top, followed by dropbox and other storage services with 26 percent. After E-Mails and WhatsApp come with 23 percent each, Snapchat with 20 percent, Facebook with 18 percent, Twitter with 16 percent, and LinkedIn with 14 percent.

while the majority of users has feel that they have valuable data stored in their accounts, cybercriminals will be the data at low prices. You access using security vulnerabilities on account information, including user names, passwords and credit card details and sell this data into the Darknet for 2 euros or less – depending on the current bit coin – exchange rate.

according to avast survey are almost 70 percent of the surveyed Germans of believe that their personal data on the Internet are not secure. In global comparison, the Germans so most likely have the feeling that their data on the Internet are not secure. In the United States, there are only 45 percent, for example, only 55 percent, in the United Kingdom.

approximately 24 percent of German respondents have, after they were informed that their data by a data leak affected, never your password changed. Of the respondents who took action, 57 percent have indeed changed the password of the hacked page, but not on other pages on which they use the same password. Stolen data appear often for years to come in the Darknet, where other cybercriminals can buy and abusive use.

avast recommends users to change passwords regularly expressly and not wait before a security breach attention to be made.

high quality services encrypt the passwords of their clients so that encrypted versions of passwords instead of simpler versions in the databases appear. Consumers are still even responsible to protect their accounts and the data contained therein. If a password is simple, for example, only letters, some characters and special characters nor out of numbers is, hackers can easily guess your password.

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80% of global users store their passwords in the browser, which is however not sure. Software programs that are installed on your computer (whether intended or unintended) will thus have access to the passwords. So, often, Cybercriminals have the opportunity to use these passwords.

Password Manager are helpful tools to generate strong and unique passwords for all accounts and change them regularly. However, only six percent of all respondents use a password manager on average to help protect their accounts.

Internet users share many personal information every day. Some users believe that they have nothing to hide, or that it would bother them, if someone reads their private messages while – however the information can be used for blackmail purposes. By adding together the individual data, hackers can steal the identity or money from the online accounts. You can lock users out of their accounts, delete information or contact other persons under their name. The extent in which cyber criminals can abuse the data, is endless. That’s why it is essential that users can take measures to protect themselves against it. DISPLAY

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