Report: One in two Indian adults experienced cybercrime in last 12 months

The NortonLifeLock recently released a report titled “2021 Norton cyber–Safety Insights Report”.

Key Findings of the report

  • 59% of Indians, that is, more than one in two adults in the country have experienced cyber crime in the last twelve months.
  • The report says that seven in ten Indian adults believe that remote work atmosphere created by COVID-19 has made it easier for the hackers and cybercriminals.
  • Around 52% of the adults in India do not know how to protect themselves from cybercrime.
  • 27 million Indian adults experienced identity thefts.
  • 90% of the consumers using online transactions are taking proactive steps to safeguard their data.
  • 42% believe that it is impossible to protect their privacy.
  • 66% are worried that they are more vulnerable to cybercrimes due to COVID-19 and how it is making the world to become more reliable on digital platforms.
  • 52% of cybercrime victims turned to their friends for help and 47% contacted the company for resolving the issues.
  • Of the total cybercrimes that occurred in India, 14% occurred in 2020.
  • More than twenty-seven million adults have faced identity thefts in 2020-21.

Steps taken to spread awareness about Cyber crimes

  • Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) was launched to handle issues related to cybercrimes in the country.
  • Online Cybercrime reporting portal was launched to report complaints related to child sexual abuse material or child pornography.
  • Cyber Swachhta Kendra was established. These are Botnet Cleaning and Malware Analysis Centres. It provides detection of malicious programmes and free tools to remove such programmes.
  • National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre was launched to protect critical information infrastructure.




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