Tuesday 11 October 2016

Britons creating their own cyber crisis

Cyber crisis

In UK people love to share their personal details including their name, address, date of birth, bank account details and online banking log in details.

Research shows that one in five people claim their personal emails have been hacked before.

But despite this, more than half of those continue to send personal or confidential information through email.

Information sent includes passport details and bank account information.

The research shows that many people accept that their email is prone to hacking, but continue to send personal information through those channels.

Despite high-profile hackings of Yahoo, which compromised hundreds of millions of people's information, many continue to send highly sensitive data via insecure channels.

Shockingly one in eight Brits admit that they often accidentally email someone they didn't mean to.

Rob Reid, founder and COO of StayPrivate, said: "Internet cybercrime is a real and present threat to individuals and it is getting worse as more of our data is being sent and stored via unsecure communication channels such as personal email.

"Our research shows how online consumer behaviour suggests individuals in the UK are not doing enough to protect themselves against the potential of being a victim of cybercrime."

The survey of 2,006 Brits taken by StayPrivate in September 2016 is said to prove that people have misguided confidence in emails.

Mr Reid warns: "Sending or receiving personal and confidential information via personal webmail accounts is inherently unsecure and to the best advice I can give people is to either never send such information or have a standalone solution that offers protection against being hacked and subjected to cybercrime."



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