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Christchurch most security savvy, Perth most at risk of being ‘digitally duped’
Melbourne and Auckland, Sep 15, 2011 –/BackupReview.info/– Which Australian and New Zealands cities are most at risk of stolen identities, email security breaches, fraudulent credit card charges or lost personal data? Leading anti-virus and Internet security software distributor AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd today announced the results of a survey* of online and mobile consumer behaviour across the five major cities in each of Australia and New Zealand to uncover who is most likely to be ‘digitally duped’.
AVG Technologies also conducted the survey in the US and UK and as a country, New Zealand had some of the lowest (best) scores across the survey.
In Australia, Perth topped the list, making it the most at-risk city based on responses to 10 questions. Brisbane was ranked second. The age-old Sydney-Melbourne rivalry is no closer to being solved following the survey, with both cities placed equal third. Adelaide ranked fifth to be the most security savvy city overall in the survey of 1251 people in Australia.
On the flip side, Melbourne had the second worst record for backing up, with 27 per cent of those surveyed admitting they did not back up their computer data. Only Adelaide had a lower backup rate (32 per cent), with Sydney scoring best (22 per cent).
Despite being ranked Australia’s lowest-risk city overall, Adelaide had the worst record when it comes to backing up computer data: one in three people surveyed (32 per cent) said they don’t back up, compared to 22 per cent in Sydney.
Across the board, the survey showed many Australians are putting themselves at risk of identity theft, viruses and malware with poor PC security habits and a lack of comprehensive protection. Of those surveyed in the five Australian cities:
Of the 1100 consumers surveyed in New Zealand, 59 per cent used more than one password online; 54 per cent do not use a password on their mobile device and of those that do, another 87 per cent have not changed the password in the past year. Even more revealing, 74 per cent don’t take active measures to backup their phone’s data – many relying on their provider to restore their contacts should an accident occur.
Many consumers are also unknowingly putting themselves at risk of falling victim to identity thieves, viruses and malware with bad PC habits and a lack of comprehensive protection. Of the more than 1,100 New Zealanders surveyed online:
The rankings of the five cities in New Zealand are (worst to best):
While the threat is high for many in New Zealand, the report isn’t all bad. AVG found 69 per cent use two or fewer credit/debit cards each month for online purchases and more than 66 per cent of Kiwis online are checking their online banking accounts at least once per week for errors. In addition to a high level of caution around personal finances online, 82 per cent also claim to have never been fooled by an email phishing scam within the past year.
MOBILE PROTECTION AND BACKUPS
The survey highlighted some poor mobile protection habits. While most of those questioned (77 per cent) use three or more passwords online, less than one in five (18 per cent) had changed the password on their mobile device in the past year.
The survey also revealed different attitudes to backing up computers and mobile devices. While 74 per cent of those surveyed back up their computer data using cloud or another service, little more than one in three (36 per cent) back up their mobile devices.
“As more data is stored on more devices – and more cyber criminals attempt to get their hands on it – consumers need to be vigilant about safeguarding their personal information,” said Lloyd Borrett, Security Evangelist at AVG (AU/NZ).
“Consumers are getting better at recognising and addressing online threats, but it’s vital to ensure all your bases are covered. Taking some security measures and overlooking others – such as backing up your PC and not your smartphone – is like locking your door and leaving the windows open. Comprehensive online protection means covering all Internet-enabled devices – smartphone, tablet and PC.”
To help consumers protect themselves even more, AVG also unveiled AVG Internet Security 2012, a nimble, high-performance Internet security suite that answers consumers’ calls for simplicity, dependability and freedom of choice. Based on its connection-acceleration technology, light footprint and scanning speeds, AVG is at the forefront of security innovation and provides first-class protection without hampering today’s connected consumer.
“AVG is committed to helping consumers and businesses protect themselves and the things they care about the most,” said Borrett. “Computers and devices have become an extension of every individual at work and at play – and the more we protect these machines, the more we protect ourselves.”
In addition to installing a robust anti-virus program on all your online devices, AVG recommends the following simple steps to minimise the risk of fraudulent charges, identity theft and personal data loss:
Download AVG Internet Security 2012 and learn more about AVG’s ecosystem of security and Internet lifestyle products at www.avg.com.au.
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