New Delhi: According to a report by digital security and privacy provider Avast, nearly one-third (28.22 percent) of PC home users in India are at high risk of cyber attacks.
Avast’s latest Global PC Risk Report also investigated the possibility of users encountering aadvanced’ threats – defined as more sophisticated or never-before-seen threats designed to circumvent common security software protection technologies such as signatures, heuristics, emulators, URL filtering, and email scanning.
Indian home users have a risk ratio of 5.78% for this type of threat, which is higher than the global average.
Home users worldwide have a 29.39 percent chance of encountering any type of PC malware, representing a 5 percent increase over the previous year.
Geographies with more volatile sociopolitical situations, such as the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, appear to be at greater risk in the online world.
“The risk ratio for all malware attacks has increased globally, and India is no exception. During the pandemic, the internet has been a “life saver” for many people, allowing them to stay in touch with loved ones while on lockdown, attend virtual workout sessions, get-togethers, classes, and work remotely “Avast’s Director of Threat Intelligence, Michal Salat, issued a statement.
“However, cybercriminals have taken notice, and as a result, we have seen a variety of tailored campaigns taking advantage of increased online activity, such as Covid-19-related attacks, sextortion campaigns, spyware, and ransomware,” Salat added.
The data in this report was gathered from Avast’s threat detection network and represents a data snapshot built with the threats against which Avast protected its PC users between March 16 and April 14, 2021.