Many of the crimes resulted from consumers making basic security mistakes. For example, 60 percent of victims made the mistake of sharing at least one of their passwords for their online accounts or devices with another person. Another cyber mistake was using a single password across multiple online accounts, which is something 24 percent of U.S. consumers made the mistake of doing, according to the survey.
The group of U.S. consumers with the best password management was the baby-boomer generation, with 69 percent ensuring they used a different password for each online account. However, 24 percent of them made the mistake of writing down their passwords on a piece of paper.
Prevention is Key
Symantec recommends following these basic cyber security best practices to ensure safety online:
• Change your passwords every few months.
• Don’t use the same passwords for multiple accounts.
• Don’t share your passwords.
• Use an anti-virus program.
• Use due diligence when opening emails, clicking on links or downloading attachments online.