One of the major reasons why PC security remains such a major issue in 2013 is because many people have the following attitude towards it:

“It can never happen to me.”

This is a bad attitude to adopt when it comes to cybercrime. It’s dangerous and willfully ignorant of one of the most dangerous problems facing computer users today.

A new British survey recently released numbers that back up the claim that ‘Yes, it can happen to you’. In that survey, British researchers revealed that approximately one in five people had had their online accounts infiltrated by hackers. Here are some more findings from that survey:

-On average, cybercrime has cost every British citizen $2.30

-One in 50 British citizens has lost more than $15,000 as a result of cybercrime

16% of British citizens have lost at least some money to cybercrime

18.3% of adults (about 1 in 5) have fallen victim to hacks targeting email accounts, social networking accounts, or online bank accounts

-6% of the 1 in 5 who experienced hacking attacks were successfully hacked more than once

The poll involved 1,500 people across the United Kingdom. It was conducted by the University of Kent using Google Customer Surveys.

The research concluded by saying that:

“Online crime has a clear impact on the lives of average UK citizens, with their accounts and credentials being compromised significantly and in some cases multiple times. This and other incidents online translate into financial losses that, despite not affecting large numbers of people, have quite a large impact on the few (around 3% of the population) that are very badly hit.”

Whether you live in the UK, the US, or any other part of the world, there’s no denying that cybercrime is a real and present threat. It’s 2013 and you can’t just say “It can never happen to me” anymore. 

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