30% of French people believe they do not have enough knowledge about online protection, according to an Avast study

In a world now transformed by the pandemic, Avast – a cybersecurity specialist – has identified how cyber harm has moved beyond security concerns to include serious threats to privacy and identity.

Thus, Avast reveals in its global study the different attitudes adopted towards the Internet with differences according to age, sex and geographic location.

Paradoxically, it is the relatively simple tasks that create the most difficulties for consumers. The three main problems identified by the respondents are:

  • Manage the various problems, updates and windows displayed on their computer (67%)
  • Set up new devices or connect to Wi-Fi (54%)
  • Adjust your privacy settings (50%)

And when it comes time to ask for help, feelings and impressions diverge:

  • 82% (vs. 69% globally) admit to feeling like a burden when asking for help.
  • An unjustified feeling since most caregivers in France express positive feelings such as the impression of feeling useful (60%), being proud (24%) and valued (22%).

As far as online protection is concerned, 30% of the French believe that they do not have enough knowledge in the matter (against 27% in the world). This percentage is highest among 35-44 year olds (32%), followed by those over 65 (31%).

To protect themselves online, respondents said they use:

  • 74%: an antivirus
  • 59%: a firewall
  • 51%: a dark web browser
  • 39%: a password manager
  • 33%: software to update the drivers
  • 32%: a VPN
  • 27%: anti-tracking software

People who do not have an antivirus are 12% admit not knowing what it is (against 18% in the world) and 23% do not know how to install it (same figure worldwide).

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Mthodologie :

Avast conducted a survey of 16,147 online users in 17 countries around the world. Avast commissioned the study from the YouGov research institute (which is conducting it from June 15 to 27, 2021) in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, India, Japan, Mexico, New -Zlande, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States, and the Forsa research institute in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. The study was carried out among more than 1,000 people in every country except Austria and Switzerland, where Forsa interviewed more than 500 people. The global data points in this report cover results for all countries except for data which shows results by age group or sex, where German-speaking markets are excluded.

Source : Avast

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