Norton Survey Shows Royal Wedding Crowds Spilling onto Cyber Streets
Norton Advises People toWatch Out for Cybercriminal Wedding Crashers
WHAT/WHY: The royal wedding of the UnitedKingdom’s Prince William to Kate Middleton is fast becoming a major internationalevent. As modern technology enables people worldwide to follow the young coupleand impending wedding festivities closer than ever before,this is truly an “e- Royal Wedding!”
A new study from Norton,the world leaders in Internet security, shows people are flocking to follownews of the royal wedding all over the world.
In fact, 62percent of Americans surveyed said they are likely to follow the British royalwedding, with32 percent of those already keeping up with the royal wedding newsat least every few days (some as often as once a day, or even multiple times aday!).
As the big day nearsand media attention increases, people will look to online searches and outletsto keep up on all-things “Will & Kate.”
Of respondents,38 percent will be going online for their royal wedding news; more than aquarter will be watching the wedding on a computer, laptop or mobile devicelive or after the fact, and 53% will potentially share their thoughts about thewedding online.
Even in India,many people are likely to be searching for news and following the weddingonline.
Norton cautionsthese online wedding-followers and well-wishers that this global event will –as other major global events have done previously – attract cybercriminalslooking to capitalize on the deluge of online activity.
As of March,security researchers at Norton have already begun tracking malicious onlineactivity such as spam designed to steal personal information and links toharmful sites hidden in search engine results.
Norton haspulled together a quick check-list for those royal wedding fans to help themsteer clear of cybercriminals:
- Think before youclick – Bewareof emails or links that promise “leaked” footage, offer “scandalous” pictures,or purport to have “secret” information. Cybercriminals take advantage ofsensational and shocking headlines to get you to click on links that couldinfect your computer
- Go with what youknow - Whileany site could potentially be risky, it’s best to avoid clicking on sitesyou’ve never heard of that show up in your search results. Stick to theofficial royal wedding website or go directly to reputable news sites to getthe latest news and videos of the wedding
- Protect yourcomputer– Usetrusted security software on your computer to block threats and make sureyou’re keeping it up-to-date. Use Norton Safe Web Lite and Norton Safe Web for Facebook– free, downloadable tools that identify riskysites before users click on them in search results and on their Facebook newsfeeds
EXPERTS: Norton security experts are on-hand toshare tips with users on how they can protect themselves fromonline threats andstay out of the hands of cybercriminals.
FACT SHEET:A concise,easy-to-digest document that highlights the key findings from the survey.
WHEN: Interviewswith Norton security experts available upon request.