Survey: People still careless in online transactions

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KL_Online Transaction This puts their own cash as risk, but also poses problems for banks and e-payment systems if they have to refund their clients? losses, Kaspersky Lab said. To keep the dangers to a minimum, all parties involved in an online transaction should take adequate security measures, it exhorted. Cybercriminals are not only interested in bank card numbers, log-in credentials for online banking and e-payment accounts are also firmly in their sights. Yet, 31 percent of respondents admitted they paid little attention to the security levels of the sites where they enter their personal or financial data. One out five users takes no steps to protect the passwords used to access these sensitive resources. Sixteen percent confidently declared that ?cybercrime in which money is taken is a rare occurrence and is unlikely to happen to me?. Thirty percent of respondents store financial data on devices with Internet access. This would not be so risky if they always took care to use special programs for secure data storage. Unfortunately, they don?t, the report said. For example, only 58 percent of Android smartphones have a security solution installed. Worse still, 31 percent of smartphones and 41 percent of Android tablets do not even have such basic protection as setting a password to unblock the advice before use. Meanwhile many users are encountering first-hand evidence that cybercriminals are on the hunt for financial information. Over the last 12 months, 33 percent of respondents reported that they had received suspicious emails claiming to be from a bank and asking for password or other information. Fourteen percent of users were redirected to Web pages that asked for credentials to enter their e-payment accounts. ?When users ignore safety measures they can fall victim to fraudsters. However, the banks often end up having to pay for that negligence. With so many careless users, banks and e-payment systems operators must insure themselves against financial and reputational risks by using specialized security solutions that can prevent cybercrime,” said Ross Hogan, global head of the fraud prevention division at Kaspersky Lab. ]]>

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