India has made various advances through technology to ensure the overall safety of the country. However, when it comes to leveraging technology for improving home and digital safety, more than half of the people in the country are not leveraging technology to its fullest, highlights Godrej Locks Har Ghar Surakshit report, conducted by Research Now. Through this survey, Godrej Locks took a deep dive into the use of technology by people against home safety threats like robberies, thefts, burglary and digital safety threats like phishing, data theft, credit/debit card fraud, among others.
In India, people are aware of technology and
its benefits, but are not making optimum use of it for their safety. As per
Godrej Locks ‘Har Ghar Surakshit’ report, while 89% Indians prefer high-tech
home safety solutions like digital locks, yet 61% don’t want to upgrade
to these solutions for homes. When it comes to digital safety, 51% Indians
don’t use a reputed anti-virus for computers. 51% Indians don’t read security
features of their online accounts, thus making them vulnerable to digital
People use technology for other aspects of
daily life. Yet, when technology is offered to them in home safety solutions
like digital locks, the adoption remains low. Surprisingly, the research also
suggests that for 69% Indians, cost of high-tech home safety solutions is also
not a hindrance when buying them for homes. 57% even prefer technology while investing
in home safety solutions. This indicates a resistance to use technology for
home safety persist in spite of affordability and willingness. It further highlights that 60% Indians are
more concerned about home safety than digital safety. However, with 62% not
prepared to handle cyber threats, they need to upgrade their digital safety
levels as well.
A further deep dive into regions across India
to check their adoption of technology to ensure home safety showed that 67% people residing in the West region, 62% in the North, 57% people
in the South and 54% people in the East region, do not want to upgrade to
high-tech safety solutions for homes. In today’s times, with an ever-rising cases of
home intrusion and cyber-crime, a shift is required to get technology awareness
into action, for improving both home and digital safety.