A new ESET Ireland study reveals some online topics are irresistible to the Irish, and will compel them to click on links they suspect are unsafe.
If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. We’ve been telling the Irish computer users this, with regards to various online offers and spam mails, promising incredible deals. But it seems that the shopping urge is stronger than common sense with one in three Irish females.
Recently ESET Ireland has commissioned a survey, to find out if the Irish will click on a link (on social media, in online ads or in a spam email), for which they suspect or are unsure of, if it’s fake or malicious. As it turns out, nearly half wouldn’t, but the half that would, show interesting preferences in what they find irresistible.
Overall, females will find their inquisitive nature get them in trouble slightly more often than men, as more males answered they’d not click on any of those. But two of them stand out with the stark contrast between male and female computer users.
When it comes to super savings offers, only a quarter of males will click, compared to one in three females. Additional demographic data reveals that Connaught and Ulster residents seem most thrifty with 33% while in Dublin and Leinster only 27% are. It appears shopping is what females find hardest to resist even against their better judgement.
The roles reverse however, when it comes to downloading. There males are far ahead in recklessness, as 20% (even up to 23% in age group 15-24) of males and only 12% of females will engage in downloading music, films or computer games from dodgy websites which could cause malware infection in the process.
Disaster news are equally interesting to females and males, with 25%, but particularly interesting to youths (30% of age group 15-25) from Munster (29%).
On the positive note, it seems the Irish have not yet succumbed to the celebrity obsessions of some other nations, as under 12% will be lured into danger over celebrity photos or gossip.
What to do and how to know what to click on?
- Act responsible and don’t just click on everything you find appealing. Internet fraudsters are counting on your curiosity to help them spread malware and lure people into financial scams.
- Do your online shopping on reputable websites and make sure they have the safety certifications for secure payments.
- Get your world news from known news websites, from your local TV or radio stations’ websites, etc. Many scams are spread through email and social media by pretending to show “yet unseen footage” from some recent disaster.
- And, as always, think before you click!