As a cybercriminal tactic, phishing has been around for a long time. So why is such an old method of internet trickery still so common? The answer is simple: because it’s still wildly successful.
So why are people still clicking?
We surveyed 7,000 office workers in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia/New Zealand, Germany, France, Italy and Japan on their understanding of phishing, their email and click habits, and how their online lives have changed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We then worked with Dr. Prashanth Rajivan, assistant professor at the University of Washington, to get his take on why phishing still works.
In this executive summary, we highlight some of the more striking statistics from respondents in the United States.