The 2015 Consumer Security Risks Survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab with B2B International has revealed that online consumers lose an average of $160 to malicious software (malware) attack.
The survey results, which showed that one in three (33%) of those surveyed suffered a malware infection also experienced a financial loss as a result, revealed further that victims spent money on professional repairs, software to eliminate the effects of an infection and some even had to buy a replacement device.
Looking at the causes of the malware attack; 12 percent of those surveyed believe their device was infected after visiting a suspicious website.
[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Elena Kharchenko, Head of Consumer Product Management, Kaspersky Lab”]“The costs and unpleasant effects of a malware infection can be avoided with a little prudence. For instance, do not insert unverified USB sticks in a device, only use official app stores, keep the operating system and applications up to date and scan files with a security solution before opening them. The ability to foresee potential problems and take precautions is the key to staying safe.” [/blockquote]