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Only every third Internet user knows how to to secure their own devices

how to to secure their own devices

Threats from cybercriminals are on the rise – almost all Internet users agree on this. 94 percent agree with this statement, compared to 89 percent a year ago. At the same time, many online users admit to having little knowledge of their own IT security.

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Only three out of ten Internet users (31 percent) feel that they themselves are able to adequately protect devices such as smartphones or computers from attacks by Internet criminals. And two thirds (66 percent) say that they would not even notice if strangers spied on their computer or smartphone over the Internet.

This is the result of a representative survey of more than 1,000 Internet users in Germany commissioned by the digital association Bitkom.

“Basic digital skills are also crucial for one’s own security on the Internet,”

says Susanne Dehmel, Member of the Bitkom Management Board.

“Even simple measures can help against most threats on the Internet. These included regular software updates, two-way authentication, and complex passwords.”