Consumers fear a cyberattack over a physical attack, but what are they doing about it?

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Working day in day out with IT departments around the world to keep cyber attacks at bay, we at Sophos understand what worries them about the ever-changing threat landscape, the effect a malware infection could have on the running of the business and the work the departments do to keep their businesses ticking over.

But, it is consumers who are the most susceptible to malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks. Without an up-to-date knowledge of the cyber security industry or the benefit of an IT department quietly looking after their backs, the role of ‘IT support’ often falls to the one person who holds the most knowledge. However, that person might not have the time, possess the self-assurance or even the know-how to look after a whole ‘family and friends’ network of computers.

We conducted a survey to find out how informed consumers are about ransomware, phishing and similar widespread cyber threats. Covering five different countries, we asked 1,250 consumers about their biggest safety fears, where they sought advice for keeping their computers safe and their experiences of ransomware and other malware.

The results of our “The State of Consumer Ransomware Today” survey demonstrate that there are a number of significant gaps in Read more

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