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Malaysia and Singapore top two ‘cyber-savvy’ nations in APAC, but show huge gap in cyber security

Zafirah Salim | Aug. 25, 2015
Over 38 percent of users across the region engage in risky behaviour online despite knowing the dangers, and four in 10 gain information about cyber security through unofficial sources.

Surprisingly, the results showed that consumers in countries with higher cyber-savviness did not necessarily take all the right precautions, nor were they fully aware of the cyber security risks that common online activities pose.

For example, users in India and Indonesia, take the highest number of precautions despite having the lowest levels of cyber security awareness. Conversely, countries like Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand, which ranked amongst the top, came in near the bottom when it came to protecting themselves.

"The ESET Asia Cyber Savviness Report 2015 found that users in Asia Pacific tend to take unnecessary risks when they are online, partly due to a lack of awareness. Users have the dangerous misconception that their personal accounts and activities are not likely to be a target for hackers, or might be trading security for convenience. This has to change," said Walia.

"Information today is available at the touch of a button and the Internet is simplifying our day-to-day lives. Being aware and taking simple precautions will mean that users can stay protected online and feel confident as they take advantage of all that the Internet has to offer," he added.

 

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