Today (February 5th) is designated as “Safer Internet Day”. Microsoft and Google have both taken steps to ensure that online consumers are aware of online risks. They have updated their “Good to know” website with tons of information that will help netizens to understand and protect themselves against various risks that are online.
Microsoft, on the other hand, today announced the results of their annual survey – Microsoft Computing Safety Index – and some of the findings point to the fact that consumers do little to change their online habits in order to safeguard themselves from multiple risks.
MCSI’s total average global score was 34 (out of possible 100 points), which clearly shows the fact that despite their increased awareness of risks and privacy issues, they have maintained the same safety habits as previous Year.
How do Indian’s fare as compared to the World?
Indians have exact same score of 34 as compared to global average and is among a group of countries that are proactive about completing behavioral and technical steps. However, compared to previous year their score remains the same, which point to the fact that they carry out same safety measures as they did previously.
Most Common protective measures taken by Indians
- Behavioral: 50 percent avoid suspicious links
- Foundational: 44 percent use a PIN to lock their device
- Technical: 44 percent use apps from only trusted sources
- Behavioral: 40 percent are selective about how they distribute their mobile number
Microsoft also released an Infographic which offer insights on the safety measures taken by Indian online Consumers.