Study: Despite Being Unsafest, Email is Most Popular Method for File Sharing

New research by file encryption tool NordLocker explores people's habits related to file storage, sharing, and protection.
By: NordLocker
LONDON - June 22, 2020 - PRLog -- London, England - U.K. | June 22nd, 2020 -- New research by NordLocker reveals that people mostly use email to share their files. Despite posing the biggest security risk, email was the most common method of sharing files for 58% of US and 56% of UK users.

"Even though email is one of the most popular targets for cyberattacks, people still trust it with their personal information," says Oliver Noble, an encryption specialist at NordLocker. "If an email gets hacked, all of its attachments, such as sensitive documents or private photos, can fall into the hands of criminals."

According to the survey, other ways people use to share their files include cloud services (35%), messaging apps (27% of US and 46% of UK users), external drives (14-15%), and file transfer services like WeTransfer (10%).

The file encryption tool NordLocker has anonymously surveyed 1,400 people in the UK and the US to find out about users' habits when it comes to file storage and sharing as well as to understand how people protect their sensitive data.

Exposure to cyber threats

More than half of the respondents (67% of US and 55% of UK users) admit to having fallen victim to a malicious cyber activity at least once. Almost every second user from the US and more than every third user from the UK has had their computer infected with a virus. As many as 3 out of 10 US users and 2 out of 10 UK users have clicked on a link in a scam email, while 7% of users from the US and 8% of those from the UK were asked to pay a ransom to regain access to their own files.

How does exposure of private data feel? Losing a personal computer or finding out someone has access to it is almost as concerning as losing a wallet, having important documents stolen, or returning home to an open front door, the NordLocker study has revealed.

Those who have been victims of cyberattacks tend to take their digital security more seriously. For example, 39% of US users who haven't experienced any malicious cyber activity don't protect their files. The number decreases to only 16% among those who have. In the UK, the numbers are 32% and 19% respectively.

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