You are more likely to be victims of cybercrime than physical crime - that is the belief of US citizens, according to a new survey commissioned by IBM.
The result is that people are more cautious online to the extent that they limit their Internet activities, the survey claims. The survey of 700 adults revealed 75 percent of them are taking measures to protect their data and personal information when they are online because they are afraid of identity theft (43 percent), loss of money (24 percent) and harm to credit scores (13 percent).
A healthy 70 percent of respondents will only use Internet shopping sites that display a security protection seal, while 64 percent will not conduct online transactions on a shared computer, the survey found. Moreover, 50 percent of users don't use public wireless networks, such as hotspots in airports or coffee shops, 38 percent don't bank online and 37 percent will not use credit card information online.
Internet users who were more comfortable providing personal data on the Internet cut back on the kinds of online activities they participated in during the last 12 months, according to IBM. Twenty-seven percent of participants in the survey have stopped buying from unfamiliar retailers online, while 18 percent of stopped paying bills online and 16 percent have stopped playing online games.