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‘Indians value personal information most’

MUMBAI: A survey of Indian net-users has thrown up several interesting trends. Of all activities, the respondents said they would miss doing work-related tasks the most if left without an internet connection. Social networking was the second most important task, while “convenience of life” activities like paying bills and shopping online came third. In fact, 83% of users said they couldn’t live without the internet for more than 24 hours.

According to Norton, which conducted the survey, the need to stay constantly connected is a new trend among Indian net surfers.

In an almost fantastic finding, three out of four respondents to the survey said they would give up $1 million than grant a stranger full access to their computers.

“Indian netizens clearly place a high value on their personal information,” said David Hall, Norton’s senior product manager, Asia Pacific. He pointed out that 40% of India’s online community had declared that they value their financial information the most, followed by 35% who place a premium on their online accounts, including email and social networks. The survey-conducted using a sample size of 500 respondents between the ages of 18 to 64 years-also concluded that Indian users own an average of 2.8 devices that are connected to the internet. “While the people interviewed used multiple devices to be online, half of them had little or no understanding of online security solutions that are available to them,” Hall said.

And while 60% of users are content with basic security, the antivirus expert said it wasn’t enough to protect them from the advanced malware and phishing attacks that their devices are exposed to on a daily basis.

“We advise people to change their passwords regularly. That’s the least they can do to make sure their information is safe,” he adds. “As far as mobile devices are concerned, setting up password protection and software that can help you remotely lock your phone are two ways you can keep your private data protected.”

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