In most cases, users feel they are properly prepared to face a cyber attack and have taken appropriate steps to keep their data and devices safe. But how does that work?
In a survey conducted by Palo Alto Networks and British YouGov for cyber security, it turned out that 68% of people think they are doing everything they can to protect themselves from a cyber-attack. The Trust in a Digital Replace report wanted to look at the attitude of the general public on cyber security, privacy and technology in the modern world.
It seems that older users show more confidence in themselves as far as their safety actions are concerned, with three-quarters of people over 45 being sure they are effectively protecting their data.
The paradox is that the youngest generation, aged 18-24, seems less likely to believe in its ability to protect its data from some cybercrime, although they are theoretically better related to technology.
This difference in belief may be due to the fact that older users are more ignorant of how many and how dangerous threats are on the internet than younger, more informed.
According to Jessica Barker, cyber-specific, who helped to conduct the study, most of the older users just ignore that there are other methods of protection that they can and should use, mistakenly thinking that they are doing the best they can.
Despite user concerns about whether they are doing enough to protect their data from cyber attacks, however, just one in five would trust their security in artificial intelligence.
As Barker says, whenever a new technology develops, most are cautious about it, as they do not know what to expect from it.
One of the results of the study also showed that the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), also changed the way consumers perceive cyber security and privacy, and 30% of Internet users agree that companies should provide even greater transparency about how data collection and analysis is being made.
Barker believes that better understanding of cyber security consumers, only positive can be for more effective protection of their data. That is why he suggests that users should be adequately trained and equipped with the right tools to be able to cope with the challenges of online threats.