Cybercriminals are becoming more prevalent in our everyday lives as our society digitalizes, increasing the number of social engineering threats we encounter every day. According to new data from NordVPN, 84% of Americans have experienced some form of social engineering, with phishing as the most common.
The most common forms of social engineering are discussed, as well as what online users and IT administrators can do to prevent them from receiving emails that include links and attachments. For example, out of the 84% of people who reported encountering these scams, almost half (48%) reported receiving suspicious emails with links and attachments or asking for their personal information.
Other common forms of social engineering reported include smishing (phishing-like text messages) where 39% reported receiving unsavory texts with links and attachments asking for their personal information. Another 27% received unwanted voicemails asking the sender to disclose personal information.
Although many of those surveyed claim to be experts at internet safety, it's clear there's still work to be done. Of that same 84% who encountered social engineering attempts, 36% admitted to actually falling for one or more of the social engineering scams they encountered. Nearly one in five (18%) of those victims said they had their email, social media, or financial accounts locked or paid for something they didn't receive; 11% said they were scammed into investing money or had their work login credentials stolen.
NordVPN's security experts interviewed 1,002 consumers aged 18 and over in the United States who were nationally representative of the population in terms of age, gender, region, and ethnicity.
Read the whole report by NordVPN.