In a study performed by Symantec and published in the Norton Report claims that cyber crime attacks are actually decreasing despite the rise in popularity for sharing and storing information on the internet and on computer systems. The Norton Report is one of the largest consumer cyber crime studies in the world. This particular study analyzed the behavior of 13,000 adults spanning across 24 different countries.
The report found that, "The number of people who fall victim to cyber crime has decreased, but the average cost per victim has risen by 50 percent."
Cyber crime is what takes place when criminal activity occurs on the internet or though a computer system. Cyber crime can include stealing information or data as well as hacking into computer systems without permission to access. With more and more data being stored on computer systems and sent via the Internet, the vulnerability of keeping files confidential increases.
Another astonishing revelation was made during this study. The Norton Report found that smartphones and tablets are becoming increasingly vulnerable to attacks. The study found that 49 percent of smartphone users use their device for both work and play, with almost a complete disregard to taking security measures. With more devices to choose from, hackers are able to steal information that is stored on mobile devices because they are typically not as protected as they should be.
Basic security precautions are being overlooked when it comes to smartphones and tablets. Users are failing to back up their files, use password protection services, or install security software.
With so much emphasis being put on computer security, other devices that store confidential information are slipping through the cracks.
The study concluded that, "While consumers are protecting their computers, there is a general lack of awareness to safeguard their smartphones and tablets. It's as if they have alarm systems for their homes, but they're leaving their cars unlocked with the windows wide open.