This year, the milestone of 50% of the global population connected to the Internet has been crossed, while it was still 40% in 2016 according to a study by Kaspersky Lab. In addition to a significant increase in the number of people connected, the habits of Internet users are constantly changing. Today, every minute is done 3.5 million Google searches, or sent 156 million emails.
Active users, increasingly mobile, but not cautious.
One of the most striking elements of this study is that today users on the Internet use several devices simultaneously, and to connect with the surrounding world to maintain professional, personal and even intimate relationships. , or commercial. Nearly 60% of respondents use both a computer and a smartphone in their daily lives. Today, users no longer make the effort to connect, turning on a device, etc. they are permanently connected through devices that follow them everywhere. In addition to this, connected objects, whether at home or worn by users, also tend to increase connectivity and multiplication of access points – and thus vulnerabilities. Especially if people admit to having multiple devices connected to the Internet, they admit also do not all protect them in the same way. If 89% of respondents protect their computers, only 56% protect their smartphones against cyberattacks and 22% against theft.
Finally, if users are concerned about geolocation from their mobile devices, few actually inquire as to the operation of this location, and verify the parameters of their devices.
These observations are all the more worrying because today, users are not only passive on the web. They also share a lot; which implies the presence of sensitive content or value on their connected devices. And mobility also leads to the proliferation of connectivity spots, such as public Wi-Fi not always secure: 64% of respondents access social networks via public wifi, 38% go to websites without taking precautions and even a quarter operate financial transactions without worrying about securing the network or tools. Only 26% of respondents claim to pay more attention when connecting to a public network than during a private connection.
Observations even more paradoxical when we know that respondents would not wish to lose access or control over their stored data, especially since the recovery of such data in case of loss costs on average 650 €.