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Kaspersky Lab: Use of Online Shopping and Banking Soars
Mar 18, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Research from YouGov on behalf of Kaspersky Lab revealed that less than half (43 per cent) of consumers have insurance to cover their debit or credit cards from illegitimate withdrawals and purchases.
According to a release, the research also reveals that 38 per cent of consumers use the same password for more than one online account, increasing the likelihood of a cybercriminal gaining access to multiple accounts.
Data from Kaspersky Lab shows that more than 5,000 websites are compromised daily, including popular banking and shopping websites. With 77 per cent of computer users regularly shopping online in 2012, and 86 per cent now using online banking, it's easy to imagine how many transactions occur daily, and how many credit card numbers are at the fingertips of cybercriminals, the Company said.
In addition, Kaspersky data also shows that approximately 70 per cent of phishing emails trick victims into visiting malicious, cleverly-forged websites for the sole purpose of stealing their bank credentials.
To help protect home PC users from these threats, Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of Kaspersky PURE 3.0 Total Security to safeguard all things stored and exchanged on users' PCs. The new product from Kaspersky boasts an array of features including online banking and shopping security, password management and online backup, all of which can be accessed via an interface with rapid access to key features and management from the main window.
"The Internet has become a key element of our lives today and this has increased the potential 'attack surface' for cybercriminals. As increasing numbers of us bank, shop and socialise online, the number and sophistication of attacks from cybercriminals also rises, therefore we all need to make sure we are taking the necessary precautions to stay protected," said David Emm, Senior Security Researcher, Kaspersky Lab. "By incorporating award-winning technologies such as Safe Money and Automatic Exploit Prevention into Kaspersky PURE 3.0, we sought to develop a product that not only protects a PC but the digital identity and online assets of its user, whether that be bank details or personal photos."
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UPDATED 6:01 PM EST - May 23, 2013
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