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Breakdown of cyber crime types reported by learners in Week 1

As part of the Introduction to Cyber Security MOOC, we asked learners to review their computer security practices at the start of their learning by completing a simple online survey / self-audit.  Over 9100 learners completed the survey in Week 1 of the course, highlighting some interesting findings.

For example, although 84% of respondents had configured their computers to require a password on startup, 30% did not 'lock' their computer so that it required the password to be re-entered if they left it unattended.

With regard to password management, 55% of respondents depended on their memory for storing passwords, whereas 26% used software (password manager / web browser) to manage their passwords.  It is noteworthy that 18% reported that they write their passwords down and 59% reuse the same username / password across multiple websites.

It was reassuring to note that 90% of learners who completed the survey reported that they use anti-virus software on their computer, and 96% of these learners make sure to keep the software up to date.  However, in addition to the 10% of learners who don't use anti-virus software, 13% reported that they do not take steps to update their software - indicating there is a significant user population whose machines are vulnerable to being attacked by cyber criminals.

The final noteworthy result from this survey was that 46% of respondents reported that they had been victims of some form of computer crime.  The breakdown of the types of crime reported by these learners is shown above.

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