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Thursday, June 16, 2011

One In Every Four Indian Online Users Victims Of Cyber Attacks: Microsoft

Cyber-crime is a growing concern for Indian online users since nearly one in every four Indian online user has been a victim of cyber-attacks, out of which 67 per cent suffered personal data loss followed by 19 per cent users witnessing email account hacking.

Additionally Indian online users spend more time worrying about the safety of their social networking accounts rather than the loss of personal data and credit card fraud. While 74 per cent worry about potential hacking of their social networking account, only 16 per cent worry about loss of personal data and a mere 5 per cent are concerned about credit card fraud, according to an online usage and security survey conducted by Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.

Pankaj Ukey, Director – Windows Client, Consumer and Online Business, Microsoft India said “Consumers are becoming increasingly aware about security threats they are exposed to in the online environment and are looking for security solutions that work in the back-end and let them enjoy their online world without any worries or interruptions.”

The survey was hosted on Microsoft India’s ‘Windows and Me’ Facebook page and received responses from over thousand 1000 users. The survey further stated that 50 per cent of Indians online spend close to five hours on the internet on a daily basis, out of which 40 per cent people spend this time on social networking sites, 35 per cent spend their time on research and 22 per cent spend it on entertainment. The survey also reveals that almost 90 per cent Indians have an anti-virus installed on their personal computer.
“Today consumers are opting for free, subscription based model for anti-virus solutions. Realizing this need we offer the Microsoft Security Essentials, which is a convenient security solution.” said Pankaj.
The survey also revealed that close to 60 per cent Indians prefer free, subscription model while 11 per cent go for free anti-virus download. The popular anti-virus in the market includes Kaspersky, Norton, Avast, AVG, McAfee and Panda anti-virus.

The results of the survey have also raised a few concerns. Has the Indian online user lost focus of his priorities, since if a user’s social networking account is hacked the user can get the account blocked and then generate a fresh password from the networking sites, but on the other hand, if personal data or credit card details are hacked, the users can become victims of identity theft or end up losing large sums of money.


  1. just read the post..Good information Santosh Paswan.

    I have also seen lots of guys/gals using simple username and their mobile number as password or simple name@123 things.Plus they save their banking information on computer eithr in email or text files.Which is not safe at all.

    As far as i see using below precautions this can be eimnated a bit.

    1. Using a complex password and do not incude name/mobile number in it.
    2. DO not store credit card or bank info on internet or on computer, If online transtion is neccerry use Virtual Credit card which cost a little bit but is secure and cannot be misused.
    3. do not provide unneccerry info in signup forms like address and mobile number..using these details one can easicly get your secerate data from call centre because thats what they ask for verification.

    4. BE AWARE of social netowkring (I cannot do it)

    let me know ur thoughts.

  2. Thanx Subhash,

    Your information is such a very useful for every internet users.
    I want to aware my reader to do not provide any personal information & bank info in any website which subject to Earn money online,Gaming,Bidding & social networking sites. It is easily tracked & hacked by hackers.

  3. ohh...its very shocking news. Now a days Cyber Attack are very harmful. I agree with Subhash tips.


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