A recent study by NordPass revealed that men are more likely to be the victims of cybercrime. This is due, in part, to the fact that they are not as likely to practice safe cybersecurity practices.
Twenty-two percent of individuals polled by NordPass admitted they had been the victims of cybercrime. Out of that 22 percent, 46 percent of the victims were women and 54 percent were men.
The difference may come down to good cyber hygiene. Experts at NordPass stress that unique passwords for online accounts is the best way to prevent cybercriminals from stealing information. Those who recycle passwords across many accounts are at a higher risk of being hacked by cybercriminals.
When asked about their online password use, 43 percent of women polled said they use a unique password for online stores; 57 percent use unique passwords for online banking; 50 percent have unique email passwords; and 38 percent have unique passwords for communication apps. By contrast, 36 percent of men use unique passwords for online stores; 50 percent use them for online banking; 42 percent have unique email passwords; and 31 percent have unique passwords for communication apps.
According to this survey, women practice better cybersecurity and are more likely to protect their information online. Using unique passwords more often puts them in a safer position and can help prevent hacking.
However, some people practice poor password protection because of the stress of resetting and managing passwords across their accounts. More than 30 percent of individuals stated they find password management "hugely stressful." Use of a password manager app can be quite helpful.
In 2019 the total cost of cybercrime exceeded $3.5 billion and roughly 80 percent of people rank the stress of data breaches and identity theft as comparable to personal injuries, illness, financial trouble, and losing a wallet or personal documents. NordVPN "Research: women are better at cybersecurity than men" totaltele.com (May 06, 2020).
So, the question for our readers is: Do you think women have safer cybersecurity habits?
Please take the poll. Here is an opinion of one of the McCalmon editorial staff:
Jack McCalmon, Esq.
While this survey shows a gender discrepancy as to password best practices, employers must make certain that all workplace participants, no matter their gender, do what is necessary to practice safe and secure data practices.
For example, employers should refrain from only having males take password protection training because females are believed to protect passwords better. All workplace participants should take the training, male and female.
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