“Personal data could wreck your digital life” – Kaspersky Lab

July 6, 2012 • Security

During Kaspersky Lab’s annual security summit in Moscow, Russia, a number of startling facts were revealed in terms of users’ online patterns and what security measures they employ to protect their personal data.

Alexander Erofeev, Kaspersky Lab’s Chief Marketing Officer (image: Kaspersky Lab)

The data showed that many users will store personal data and information on more than one device, which is a huge security risk, especially when making use of Wi-Fi.

“More than 50% of users will use free Wi-Fi spots at least 2-3 times a week. Any unprotected device connected to your primary computer could steal all our personal data and wreck your digital life,” said Alexander Erofeev, Kaspersky Lab’s Chief Marketing Officer.

Security frim Kaspersky Lab also revealed what valuable data users store on their home computers: 59% store personal emails, 51% personal photos, 31% of users store banking details and password on their home computers, while 33% keep account details nearby.

“Every third user considers (all) this data valuable – but (then) stores it on a PC. 70% of users still don’t know that they are not protected (from online attacks),” said Erofeev, which could steal all their data.

While there are many free versions of Internet security programs available, according to Erofeev these programs are more often than not insufficient.  “We don’t think that freeware is really free and we won’t call it anti-virus as it doesn’t bring free protection. Most of these programs will simply try to sell you a normal antivirus protection. Freeware has a minimum requirement of being safe.”

Erofeev goes on to explain that a freeware solution is not enough and actually place those on the same network at risk. “People think they get a great free product, but it’s not. It’s becoming a bigger problem. Having a free antivirus actually puts everybody at risk. You could lose money, instead of saving money by using a free solution.”

While it all sounds like doom and gloom, Erofeev assures that there is no country in the world that is free from any form of online attacks.

“There is no region that is paradise – but Japan comes close in terms of awareness and antivirus protection. The more things people do online, especially with more devices, the more problems they can encounter”.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor

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