56% of computer users regard the personal data stored on their device as more precious than the hardware itself.
A recent survey conducted by
The research added that in the case of a malware attack, more than 50% of users lose all these data, however.
"For cybercriminals, personal data is a tradable commodity: they may steal valuable data and use it in further fraudulent schemes, for example, to manipulate the user's online finances or to block his access to critical information and demand a ransom to get back online," the research read.
The survey, titled "Security in a multi-device world, the customer's point of view", pointed out that the increasing spread of mobile devices has aggravated the online security situation, since each new device such as a smartphone or a tablet provides the hackers with a new angle for attack.
The research illustrated that 27% of users faced malware attacks and that one in five of those attacks led to personal data leakage. It added that 62% of the respondents experienced at least one incident where there was an attempt to steal financial information. The survey noted that the average cost of an attack was
Discussing the protection of personal accounts, the report mentioned that "14% of respondents have dealt with at least one incident where one of their accounts had been hacked."
"More than half (54%) of respondents said they were able to change their password in time and regain access to their account, but other hacking victims were left to deal with a mess," the report read.
The report stated that 39% of the surveyed said that, during these hacks, material was published in their name. Meanwhile, 18% said that some of their online friends clicked on malicious links sent from their hacked accounts.
"Another 13% said that the hackers had stolen their personal data," the survey added.
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