Internet users are more concerned about their data protection today

A new study shows that three out of five (59 per cent) Internet users are more concerned about their data protection today than they were five years ago.

Therefore, there is still a pronounced need to establish a greater awareness of how to move safely on the Internet.

F-Secure addresses the concerns and supports the cybersecurity month – i.a. as a partner in the international campaign, STOP.THINK.CONNECT.

In October, National Cyber ​​Security Month kicks off for the 18th time. F-Secure has joined the international initiative STOP.THINK.CONNECT as a partner and in this connection supports the work to increase Danes’ awareness of digital security. During October, Danes can participate in a number of events such as The Danish Digitization Agency’s first culture night and Center for Cybersikkerheds live-hacking event.

“Digital security is crucial at F-Secure, because we know how vulnerable Danes are to hacker attacks. Therefore, we are pleased that with the new partnership we can share our expertise more broadly and make even more aware of how we can meet the challenge in collaboration. We are also not afraid to take our turn and take the lead in raising the Danes’ attention to digital security. This is an important societal task, ”says Erik Andersen, Director of F-Secure Consulting in Denmark.

An international study, which since 2015 has uncovered citizens’ attitudes to digital security, also shows that concerns about cyber threats have increased significantly, which has meant that consumers are ready to protect themselves with new methods:

  • The number of internet users who believe that the internet has become a more dangerous place and have changed their online behavior as a result has increased from 58 per cent. in 2015 to 65 per cent. in 2021.
  • 59 pct. responds that their concerns about data protection are increasing, resulting in new habits. This is an increase from 52 per cent. in 2015.

“It is important that we increase awareness and the level of knowledge in IT security. But the task does not stop here, because citizens and employees must know what to do. It does not do much good if the citizens get a lot of knowledge without getting the tools to act on it. Therefore, it also makes me confident that the citizens are starting to deal with the concerns with concrete actions. And it is, among other things, our task to ensure that they make the most appropriate decisions, ”says Erik Andersen.

Rising concerns among Internet users of F-SecureThe Danish Digitization Agency coordinates the Danish efforts as part of it joint European project. The Danish Digitization Agency’s main focus is to inform Danish citizens and companies about digital security and to draw up specific advice in relation to protecting devices, data and identity. Among the tips are:

  • Make sure your devices are protected with strong passwords and two-factor authentication (2FA). Also, do not use parts of the network name or family members’ names and nicknames as passwords.
  • Only download apps from official marketplaces like Google Play and the App Store. Never click on random links in an app – it can open a door for cybercriminals.
  • Always have updated apps, and be sure to take backups on a regular basis.

“It is our hope that Cybersecurity Month will create an even greater awareness of digital security, for it has both major economic consequences for businesses, but also personal consequences for the citizens who should be so unlucky to be attacked. We will probably never be free of cyber attacks, but we will try to make life miserable for the hackers, ”Erik Andersen concludes.

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