Australians lax about online security


May 27, 2013

If your organisation has yet to undertake a security audit, the latest research from online money transfer company PayPal may give you some added motivation.

PayPal recently commissioned a survey of 1,000 Australians carried out by Pure Profile, and the results indicate that many of us may be a bit too lax when it comes to online security.

According to the results, 55 per cent of respondents were unsure about how many websites had their personal information, while 32 per cent didn't know how to recognise scam websites.

In addition to this, 67 per cent said they weren't concerned about submitting any of their personal details online and, despite 81 per cent saying they used social networking websites, only 27 per cent knew that they could be sharing personal information in the process.

"While Australians have become more comfortable browsing, shopping, and connecting online, they are often unaware of the size and impact of their digital footprint," PayPal spokesperson Adrian Christie said in a statement.

"Our research found that 75 per cent of Australians surveyed said they were concerned about the amount of information they share online, yet we are seeing a strong disconnect between what consumers know and what they think they know."

Undertaking ethical hacking is one way to assess the level of protection around your organisation's ICT networks, and it can help to identify any flaws before they are exploited by cybercriminals.

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