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Kaspersky helped users stay secure online after 85% discover email addresses have been made public

For International Privacy Day, Kaspersky experts have looked into typical privacy risks and cyber threats faced by users of its consumer products.

Kaspersky helped users stay secure online after 85% discover email addresses have been made public
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85% of Kaspersky Security Cloud users worldwide took advantage of its “Account Check” function on mobile devices and found out that their email addresses were in the public domain due to data breaches and other privacy-related incidents that have emerged in recent times.

Cybersecurity products and digital hygiene, however, can help consumers keep their digital data protected.

Kaspersky's special report for International Privacy Day 2020 shows that anti-phishing technologies prevented at least one phishing attack on 15% of Kaspersky users’ computers.

Another popular attack vector, which has become increasingly common, is password stealers. In 2019, there was a 72% rise in the number of users (two million in total) hit by malware designed to harvest consumer’s digital data. Password stealers infiltrate browsers and steal stored passwords, leading to users’ private data being accessed via online accounts without their permission and being raided by malefactors.

“Technology has improved online communications and continues to build a closer, more integrated world. While ordinary consumers benefit from open opportunities these new technologies bring to them and enjoy the value, it is still important to be proactive in protecting the personal data that this technology relies on. Today they are many tactics to prise personal information from people, like password stealers or phishing. However, there are some simple steps anyone can follow to safeguard their digital privacy”, comments Marina Titova, Head of Consumer Product Marketing at Kaspersky.

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