Risk Online: Canadians at 30%

A recent survey shows that over 30% of Canadians are not protecting themselves and putting themselves at risk online.  The disturbing part of the survey is that simple things that should not be happening any longer are still happening therefore increasing their risk online.

There are many items when addressing the risk online however there are simple things such as sharing passwords, connecting to unsecured Wi-Fi. Also, another risk is having unsecured Wi-Fi in their business or home.

The recent survey was conducted by Symantec and researchers polled 1,000 Canadians regarding their habits and risk online.

Here is a breakdown of the interesting results from the survey:

  • 30% of respondents bring their work home with them and use personal PCs to do it.
  • 30% of have no security software on their devices.
  • Over 65% have logged into public Wi-Fi within the last 30 days.
  • 23% of those polled share their work and banking passwords.
  • 25% of respondents have shared their personal email password.

How do you reduce risk online?

  • Passwords – Do not share your passwords and do not store them in your browser.
  • Wireless – Always use secure networks including home and business.
  • Updates – Ensure your systems is up-to-date including all software packages.
  • Secure Passwords – Store all passwords and login information in a secure area or use a password manager.

To view the complete study, please click here to visit the Symantec website.   The online risk study is based on data from the Symantec Global Intelligence Network and security experts around the world.

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