A recent online study about user’s behaviour online reveals some behaviour that may be deemed questionable, including the fact that one in four respondents gave a fake name (to preserve anonymity, maybe?). News of the survey comes just after reports that California is awaiting governor approval of an e-personation law. There are other acts of dishonesty with user behaviour on the Internet–17% of respondents lied about their age, 9% falsified financial or relationship status, and 7% lied about their appearances.
Whether these little white lies that we tell online are a defense mechanism against online identity theft or malicious behaviour classified by the California bill is unclear, but the Norton CyberCrime Report: The Human Impact reveals that nearly two-thirds of Internet users are victims of cyber-crime, and that the cost and time it takes to resolve those crimes by the victims vary greatly across the globe. In the UK, it is estimated that it takes 25 days at a cost of U.S. $153 to resolve cybercrime, but in Brazil, it is estimated that 44 days were needed at a cost of U.S. $1408.
Additionally, in terms of ethics, our behaviour online may not be our most proud. Roughly 15% of users felt that it was legal to download a song, album, or film without paying while 17% felt that plagiarism is acceptable.