With more and more users spending more and more time online, protecting yourself from cyber attacks by using antivirus software and a VPN on all your devices has never been more important.
However, according to the results of a new survey by Tom’s Guide, one in five people do nothing to protect their data and devices.
Using the OnePulse real-time polling platform, the outlet recently surveyed 1,000 randomly selected users in the US and UK to find out more about their online safety habits.
In addition to the fact that 20% of those surveyed do not use any security or privacy tools, the survey also found that users primarily trust antivirus and VPN companies with their data.
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In response to the question “what cybersecurity software do you use to stay safer and more private online?” Nearly half of those surveyed (45.6%) said they used free antivirus software such as Microsoft Defender on their devices. Meanwhile, 21% of respondents said they pay monthly or annually for antivirus software.
Regarding VPN services, the responses were quite similar between the paid and free options, with 13.8% saying they used a paid VPN while 12.8% said they used a free VPN. While a free VPN can be useful for quickly bypassing online restrictions, you could put your data at risk as few of these services provide a log-free VPN.
Respondents to the Tom’s Guide also reported that they use other security and privacy tools to protect themselves online, including malware removal software (9.8%), Tor (1.8%), and proxy services (1 , 4%).
In an age where we take all of our online identities to our smartphones and use laptops and desktops for banking and sending other sensitive data, the use of antivirus and VPN is becoming quickly a necessity to stay protected against cyber attacks. While it may seem less expensive to forgo the use of paid security services in the short term, becoming a victim of identity theft can be extremely costly and recovering your identity can take years.
Via Tom’s Guide
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