OLX: half of Ukrainian Internet users – potential victims of online fraud

OLX: половина украинских пользователей - потенциальные жертвы интернет-мошенников

Company OLX conducted a questionnaire survey of users regarding their awareness of computer security issues. The study involved 9 thousand service users from different parts of Ukraine.

The results showed that 75% of respondents admit that they can find on the Internet by unscrupulous users. At the same time, more than 50% do not know how to protect from hacking your personal accounts.

The most vulnerable to fraud are middle-aged people, lack of computer knowledge. While youth, too confident in their own knowledge also falls into the risk group.

The most potentially vulnerable audience for fraudsters pleaded inhabitants of the regional centres and middle-aged from 37 to 51 years. More than 80% of the citizens do not feel safe before the threat of Internet fraud.

About half of the respondents reported that faced with the Internet-phishing – fake web pages to steal personal and payment data. Applying the phishing scammers copy the appearance of the official websites, however, place them at locations different from the official. Often this difference may be domain or even just one letter of the address.

As recognized by 10% of respondents, they do not pay attention to the spelling of the address of the web page. Approximately 14% did not know what a “domain”. Most vulnerable to spoofed addresses – people over 52 years old who are not versed in computer technology.

One of the guarantees of a secure site is the presence of a security certificate that is displayed in the form of an image of a padlock in the address bar of the browser. However, 20% of users admitted that they do not know what it is, and 12% did not understand what was going on.

If attackers cannot register for a phishing website address that is close in spelling, it allow you to hide quick links. It is a technology with which the user can get a short link, is convenient because it can be placed where there is a limit to the number of characters in the message, for example SMS or Twitter.

The majority of Ukrainians are wary of suspicious links in messages from strangers. However, 13% are willing to click on links in instant messengers, and 4% of respondents from the SMS.

At the same time, the awareness of that by themselves, short links is not a crime and they use many services, like Google and Telegram, can play a cruel joke: 33% of respondents trust such links. And the most unsuspecting is young people aged 17 to 25 years (42%).

Regarding the response to cases of online fraud, most people showed concern: in the face of Internet fraud, 58% of respondents reported support of the Internet resource. 48% of users willing to share a dangerous discovery with friends, or trying to solve problems on their own (35%).