Application security, Malware

Kaspersky Lab’s study finds consumer web awareness lacking

A study by Kaspersky Lab has found that most consumers don't have a clue when it comes to safely navigating the internet.

The company's survey of 18,000 adults found that only 24 percent of the respondents were able to identify a genuine web page without also selecting a phishing, or fake, web page. When asked to create a new password for an online account, 62 percent failed to come up with a more complicated password then the one currently being used.

Possibly the most dangerous decision that many said they would make was disabling their security solution if it attempted to prevent them from installing a program that they desired. Nineteen percent of the respondents said they would do so if confronted with that situation.

One of the few bright spots in the study had 89 percent of those surveyed being able to identify a fake email and know that it should be deleted without being opened.

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