According to a new report by NortonLifeLock, almost 15 million people in the UK were victims of cybercrime since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Indeed, it was reported that 74% of respondents felt that COVID-19 and the shift to remote working had made it easier for cybercriminals to threaten and take advantage of them, leading to a collective loss of £2.7bn over the past 12 months.
Moreover, 59% stated that they were increasingly more worried than before about the pandemic of being targeted by cyberattacks while 62% were afraid of getting their identity stolen and 46% declared not knowing how to efficiently protect themselves against cybercrime.
The rise in cyberattacks led many British people to take more precautions in order to stay safe online. It was also revealed that the victims of cybercrime were more prone to experience feelings of anger, stress, vulnerability, powerlessness, and violation after the attack.
Yet, the study showed that although 62% stated being worried over identity theft, 63% declared feeling well-protected. However, over half of respondents revealed that wouldn’t know what to do in case of identity theft, and three-quarters wished they had more information about it.
Following this increase in cybercrime, 84% of UK respondents have then decided to improve their online privacy by hiding their online footprint, leading to better protection.