We spend a lot of time writing about the possible damage that cybercrime wreaks on your computer and bank account; and how to avoid being a victim. However, unless we have suffered a cybercrime-related loss, we don’t know much about the emotional reactions of the victims. We would suspect that it’s normal for the victims to feel a sense of loss; and in grieving that loss, feel angry, sad, annoyed, guilty…just as we would feel if we’d lost a job or a loved one. Many feel a sense of helplessness because of the anonymity and remoteness of the criminals. Some feel surprised because they thought they would never be a victim of cybercrime. Others feel violated by the crime just as they would if a thief broke into their house.
A recent study by Norton and reported on Help Net Security describes how cybercrime victims feel about being victims. The results of the study are interesting. You’ll find some things that surprise you and some that don’t…and one or two things that’ll make you angry. Check out the article and let me know your thoughts.
I hope that we can all avoid being victims and experiencing the loss of our assets, time, and control. But, because of the increasing amount of cybercrime to which we’re exposed, we all have a pretty good chance of being victims…sooner or later. Please be careful out there.
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