Cybercrime is quickly becoming more common than ever. It’s a crime that affects a computer or a network and can hugely mess up a person, a company, or even a nation. The most common kinds of cybercrimes are hacking, where sites are either closed down or abused, misusing of individual data which is also called identity theft, phishing where fake email messages are utilized to get personal data of different internet clients, and the most well-known of all, spreading hatred and encouraging terrorist activities.
In 2020, when people were forced to stay at home and quarantine themselves, the use of laptops other devices became more than ever as everyone was trying to find some form of entertainment for themselves. Everything in our daily life routine, like school, work, shopping, social activities became all reliant on our computers, as a result, these cybercriminals took an advantage of this and performed more of these hideous cybercrimes than ever. The American-based software company that provides cybersecurity services, NortonLifeLock, found that over 330 million consumers in 10 countries were victims of cybercrime and more than 55 million people have endured identity theft. These victims paid around 2.7 billion hours in trying to solve their issues.
The head of cyber safety education at NortonLifeLock, Paige Hanson has said that the pandemic had already such emotional and physical effects upon everyone and the thing to be worried about more is your online safety does not help at all, as more people depend online for their daily tasks everyone has become conscious of using the internet. Cybercriminals have taken benefit of such a situation which everyone was forced to adapt. Another reason for these increased rates in cybercrime activities may also be how as Americans are using most of their time online have forgotten how to tell apart from reality and fiction.
According to the news, around 73 percent of the American are spending their time more online than ever but only 59% of them are more than usual worried over the fact that they might become victims of any cyber-crime while 56 percent of the people have admitted that its actual difficulty for them to rely on the knowledge that is provided to them related to these activities. 76% of Americans believe that work during the pandemic where people were forced to leave their professional office setting to work from home has made it far easier for hackers and cybercriminals to take advantage of people for their crimes.
Due to these increased rates of cybercrime activities, 77% of Americans have started to take precautions.