Every second Internet user in Germany has become, according to a study by the digital Association Bitkom, in the past year, victims of cyber-crime.

For almost a quarter of respondents (23 per cent) had used their personal data illegally or to third parties, informed of the Bitkom.

twelve percent of the Internet have been cheated on in the past year, users according to their own information in the private purchasing or sales transactions, eleven percent reported that their account was misused.

As of the recent data has shown the scandal of a 20-year-old student from Hessen, with relatively simple means a large damage. Already on Sunday arrested man had been part of collected personal data of around 1,000 politicians and Celebrities and the public on Twitter and it is linked to. Users could abuse with simple measures a data or identity theft more difficult, said Bitkom managing Director Bernhard Rohleder.

The Bitkom advised again to use in addition to regular Updates of the Software used and the Two-factor authentication for access to platforms, more complex passwords, which could not be easily guessed. Alone, because many users failed, however, in everyday life, said Thorsten Urbanski, a spokesman for the IT security provider Eset. With the variety of passwords that are, on average, used to be complex, hard to remember passwords impractical.

Urbanski advised to use a password Manager. “There is, Yes, you’d have to use only when it creates a student to come to sensitive personal data”. Generally speaking, rates according to the experience of the past week as more awareness in dealing with their own data, for example with a “7. Sense”, as it gave him time on TV for drivers.