Huge number of South Africans are victims of cybercrime

Over 8.8 million South Africans fell victim to cybercrime in the past year, Symantec’s latest Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report has found.

Roughly 30% of South Africa’s online population were victims of cybercrime over the course of the past year, based on Statistics South Africa’s latest population estimates.

Symantec surveyed over 18,000 consumers across 18 markets, including 1,000 people across South Africa.

It found that adults and the younger generation were equally likely to have been victims within the last year – 39% for millennials and 37% for Gen-Xers.

23% of South Africans 55 and over experienced cybercrime during this period.

It also released the following findings:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 do not have a password on his/her smartphone or desktop computer.
  • South Africans are more likely to own Internet-enabled devices than their global counterparts.
  • Over 1 in 3 South Africans admits to password sharing, with email account passwords most shared.

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