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Internet users in Japan are at risk of becoming victims of cybercrime

Adrian M. Reodique | May 5, 2016
This is because they don’t update their OS and see no use in making backup copies of important data, according to the Kaspersky Lab survey.

Majority of Internet users (61 percent) in Japan do not update their operating systems (OS), according to the global survey conducted by security company Kaspersky Lab. The study polled more than 18,000 web users, of which 1,082 are Japanese.

In addition, the survey revealed that respondents in Japan see no use in making backup copies of important files. The survey noted that these cybersecurity mistakes may put Japanese respondents into the hands of cybercriminals.

Meanwhile, respondents from other Asian countries were found to be more cyber savvy.

In Malaysia, majority of the respondents (68 percent) chose to keep an antivirus solution, even if it blocks the installation of a programme. Internet users in India, on the other hand, dodged becoming a victim of email fraud by checking the legitimacy of an attachment in a suspicious mail before opening it.

In the Philippines, Internet users chose security over speed when downloading files from file sharing sites -- only 31 percent of the respondents used high-speed downloads. However, high-speed downloads may open up potential security loopholes that can be exploited by cybercriminals.

"When users choose faster download speeds, the file sharing site would often ask them to click on an insecure advertising link or enter the user's personal details. Doing any of the two opens up a security risk as the user maybe asked to download an app which could be laden with malware or worse yet, a ransomware," said Anthony Chua, Territory Channel Manager for the Philippines and Singapore at Kaspersky Lab Southeast Asia.

"Also, sharing your personal data in such an instance is something we would advise users to avoid, as this could lead to being spammed," he added.

Globally, majority of the respondents (76 percent) failed to distinguish a real web page from a fake website. Additionally, more than half (75 percent) were careless in checking the format of files they are about to download.  


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