Knowledge as a precaution
In Denmark, 60% of people feel inadequately protected against cybercrime while only 32% feel well protected. In general, knowledge, and lack of the same, is what makes people in Denmark feel well or inadequately protected against cybercrime.
Women in particular feel that they do not have sufficient knowledge about cybercrime, and they also feel that they find it difficult to understand how to become securely protected. A further 22% of people in Denmark – particularly 18-29 year olds and people with some form of higher education – think that becoming well protected requires too much effort and is too complicated.
“We know that a crucial factor in preventing cybercrime involves possessing a high level of knowledge. So for this reason, we’ve created the page Keep it safe, where you can find a lot of information, and where you can also download The Danish Consumer Council’s free digital-security app Mit digitale selvforsvar [My digital self-defence],” explains Ketil Clorius.
Becoming well protected against cybercrime
Generally, people in Denmark take a number of steps to protect themselves against cybercrime. First, they are particularly aware of suspicious emails and text messages, and many people do not answer the phone when they receive calls from unknown numbers. Furthermore, many people in Denmark are also careful when sharing personal information online.
Conversely, only relatively few people in Denmark change their passwords and avoid buying goods from persons without meeting them physically.
About the study
- Conducted by YouGov for Danske Bank.
- Based on a representative group of people living in Denmark aged 18+.
- Based on more than 2,000 interviews held in February 2020.