Security firm Norton released its annual report (PowerPoint) yesterday, and it has a doozy of a stat: 63% of Americans have fallen victim to what parent company Symantec calls "cybercrime" in their lifetimes, and that number rises to 70% for millennials.
In Norton parlance, millennials are 18-34-year-old Internet users. As might be expected, Norton/Symantec uses a wide-brush approach to denote cybercrime. The company's methodology includes everything from virus-infected computers to credit card fraud to hacked email accounts, alongside the more standard phishing attacks and online scams.
While it's important to note that Norton's study isn't perfect--they surveyed only 1,000 U.S. Internet users and the survey was conducted by Edelman Berland, the polling arm of the global public relations giant (presumably to sell more security software)--the gist of these stats dovetails with common sense: As the Internet becomes an ingrained part of daily life, it's only natural for crime and fraud to take place online more often. So think before you click.
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