Consumers Suffer From Security Overload

Symantec survey finds that while 79% of consumers know they must actively protect their information online, 44% felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data they are now responsible for protecting. "Technology changes so quickly and those of us in the industry keep throwing new technology at them," said Kevin Haley, director of security response at Symantec. "And I don’t know if we always make it easier for people to understand."

While millennials tend to be sloppier about security today, Haley says he expects that as they grow older, they will become more cautious about security and unlike many of their parents, have the technical skills to keep their devices safe.

The study, "Norton Cyber Security Insights Report," points out that hackers see new technologies as opportunities. They continue to hone their craft and adapt scams to take advantage of consumers. Cybercriminals launched more than one million Web attacks against Internet users every day in 2015, according to the International Society for Third-Sector Research, Symantec's report says.

Consumers also tend to be naïve about the security of connected devices. According to the Symantec study, 39% of consumers don’t think there are enough connected device users for them to be a worthwhile target. And more than six in 10 consumers believe connected home devices are designed with security in mind, when the reality is that only top-tier companies such as Philips Lighting now design IoT products with security in mind.

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