Cybersecurity has become one of the most discussed issues in both social and political agendas. Every day people and companies are more concerned about data, and Spain has not been left behind in terms of the use of data with Organic Law 3/2018, on the Protection of Personal Data and guarantee of digital rights. In recent times, what are known as online scams continue to rise, but even so, 40% of Spaniards say they have never experienced any type of misuse of their digital data (spam emails, phishing, information leaks, among others). This is indicated by the annual survey WIN World Survey 2022 that has been developed by the DYM Institute in collaboration with WIN International, which deals specifically with areas related to technology.
The document reflects different results on the privacy of information and the improper use of data, and in total a total sample of 28,702 people has been carried out (1,006 of them are Spanish). In relation to the improper use of data, the survey divides its application into two: improper and improper aggression. Within the ‘milder’ is receiving spam emails, which are taken to the spam folder, and which are generally advertising mailings. 46% say they receive this class and emails accumulating the largest number of respondents in the range of 46 to 65 years with 39%. The other type of slight is known as ‘phishing’, a method of deception that seeks to collect personal information through emails or links to false websites. 31% have gone through this situation.
The most aggressive are three: personal data leaks, financial hacks, and email hacks. 12% have suffered a breach of the confidentiality of their data and 7% have had problems when a ‘hacker’ has entered their email. However, the data that stands out from these cyber attacks is that 8% of those surveyed have suffered an illegal entry into their bank accounts. This area increased one percentage point compared to the 2021 survey and 65% are women and 35% men. The average age of users who are financially hacked is between 46 and 65 years old.
Social networks and the Internet as an organizer
When it comes to sharing information online, there are currently various platforms that allow you to share photos or videos such as Instagram, Facebook or Tik Tok, as well as web pages that request personal information such as emails, addresses, among others. When WIN World Survey participants were asked if they are concerned about sharing their information digitally, 48% say yes, 7% do not care about exposing themselves, and the remaining 45% do not distrust, but neither do they. it feels safe. In the survey of previous years between 50% and 52% doubted putting personal data in the cloud.
This has become an issue of greater concern for women with 50% and men with 45%. But despite the fact that this issue has become a concern, only 35% of Spaniards claim to be aware of what happens to their personal information after sharing it through an online platform. Those who have the most information in this regard are the people who make up the group between 36 and 45 years old (38%), while the least are the youngest between 18 and 35 years old (33%). Awareness of this issue has been increasing over the years. In 2020 only 28% knew what was happening with their data.
Today it is common to use online calendars, travel planners, emails and different instruments for people to organize their day to day. The DYM Institute for Information, has also consulted more than 1,000 Spanish people on how new technologies can better help this planning: 45%, being a greater number in men, believe that the Internet s and allow them use different tools that help them to be more orderly. Spain is among the average of countries that trust their daily agenda to the internet, while Japan is the country that considers them the least and Kenya the most.
Entering into an environment of concern about social networks, 47% feel that these social tools “overwhelm” our lives, 48% of them are men and 47% are women. Only 9% disagree with this achievement and 44% don’t mind but they don’t love it either. The youngest are the ones who feel more suffocated by these platforms, being represented by 50% of the respondentsGeneration X. Those who feel less overwhelmed are an important part of the so-called Generation X. The ‘Baby boomers’ (65-80) indicate that 48% feel overloaded by the networks.
“The results of this year’s WIN survey highlight the complex relationship between technology and our daily lives. While some respondents express concern about the overwhelming impact of social media, others view the technology as a useful tool for organizing. The survey also reveals a shift in attitudes towards data privacy, with more people feeling informed about the fate of their personal information. As we continue to navigate the rapidly changing digital landscape, it is important to remain aware of its potential impact on our lives”, concludes Vilma Scarpino, the President of the WIN International Association regarding the general results of the study.