Average Indian Internet user has high value of under - protected ‘digital assets’ – McAfee Survey







Average Indian Internet user has high value of under - protected ‘digital assets’ – McAfee Survey


McAfee, part of Intel Security, released its ‘Digital Assets Survey’ which discovered that Indian internet users place an indicative value of Rs 25 lakh (this measure the total financial value across the various digital items – photos, videos and documents as estimated by the respondent) on their owned “digital assets” stored across their digital devices. The survey also showed that almost half of the respondents use 3 to 4 connected devices on average; but do not adequately secure each of them.  

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The relevance of this solution is further substantiated by the results of McAfee’s 'Digital Assets Survey’ which was aimed at analyzing the perceived worth of digital assets of Indian respondents and evaluating awareness levels to protect such precious data. Some of the other interesting findings from the survey are as follows-


  • India has the second highest perceived value of their total digital assets, with an average cited value of US$ 41,589 (Rs Twenty Five Lakh) preceded by North American (U.S. and Canada) having an average cited value of US$ 52,154 (Rs Thirty One lakh). 

  • 60% store digital assets on devices that would be impossible to re-create, re-download or re-purchase
  • 62% of respondents claimed that they do not protect smartphones with comprehensive security
  • 85% of respondents claimed that they do not protect tablets with comprehensive security
  
  
“With the proliferation and adoption of multiple internet enabled devices in Indian households, there is a compelling need to store and secure personal data and identity across all the devices,” said Jagdish Mahapatra, managing director, India and SAARC, McAfee, part of Intel Security. 

McAfee’s Digital Assets Survey was conducted through an online survey administered across Indian respondents in the age group of 18-65 years comprising 680 male and 321 female respondents.






Further findings from the study:

  • In the survey, India has the second highest perceived value of their total digital assets, with an average cited value of $41,589 US preceded by North American (U.S. and Canada) having an average cited value of $52,154 US.
  • This is compared with an average value of $28,461 US across Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, The Netherlands), $23,938 US in Japan and $20,948 US ($21,723 AU) in Australia.


Living in a multi – device world

  • Almost half of the surveyed Indian respondents said they personally own three-to four devices in their houses. Of this, 49% were male and 46% were female respondents.
  • 33% of the Indian respondents said they spend between 5 and 10 hours a week on their mobile devices and 24% of the people said they spend more than 20 hours on their mobile devices for personal use.

Indians not securing their new-age devices

  • While 70% of them said they secure their Windows based laptop and 66% said they secure their PCs, only 15% claimed to protect their tablets with comprehensive security software. Further, only 38% of the respondents secure their smartphones. Smartphones and tablets are more likely to be targeted by hackers due to its huge proliferation. However, the respondents are yet to adopt the right security measures to secure their smartphones and tablets.
  • 76% of the surveyed respondents are most concerned by software and hardware damage from viruses and malware whereas 60% of the people are most concerned about Identity theft, monetary theft and/or fraud due to their online activities.

Personal memories have the highest digital value

  • 52% of the respondents worry about loss of digital assets (photos, contacts, music files, etc.)
  • 29% of the surveyed respondents claimed to have personal memories whose digital value would be between Rs 5000/ - Rs 25000/. 10% of the respondents have hobbies and projects saved whose cost in digital value would be between Rs. 25000/- Rs. 55000/. 

Suman

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