Safe Online? Diverse Populations Report Feeling Less Safe

Most of us think of the internet as a pretty anonymous place. Unless you make it known, your gender, age, race, education or income can be kept under wraps. That said, inequalities online still exist according to new research—and it all has to do with cybersecurity. The Demographics of Cybercrime* illustrates that people do not feel safe or private online, and for some populations, those feelings take on new meaning as they are magnified by real-life experiences.

The report is presented by Malwarebytes in partnership with Digitunity, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to eliminating the technology gap, and Cybercrime Support Network, whose non-profit mission is to serve individuals and small businesses impacted by cybercrime throughout the country.

Typically, cybersecurity research shows the prevalence of cybercrime, the new ways bad actors are breaching systems to secure personally identifiable information (PII), and how businesses are being impacted. However, this new research provides a fresh perspective by taking a hard look at end-user feelings of safety and security. This demographics-based approach shows exactly how women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), and youth feel about their online experiences—and it’s definitely a wake-up call for the IT industry.

Women Feel Less Safe Online

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