As part of Stay Smart Online Week we conducted a short informal survey about Australians attitudes toward online security, and the results are in. We received 125 responses to the survey.
21 October 2015
The survey asked how often people changed their passwords, if they use the same password across multiple accounts, what they do on public Wi-Fi, if they use secure websites to shop online, whether they keep their software up-to-date, if they have encountered cybercrime and what sources of safety information they were aware of.
These data set represents the respondents to the survey from 9 – 15 October 2015.
Key insights include:
56 per cent of respondents rarely or never change their passwords
58 per cent of respondents use the same password across multiple accounts
6 per cent of respondents use public wi-fi to pay bills
74 per cent of respondents make sure they are using a secure site when shopping online
75 per cent of respondents ensure their anti-virus software is installed & kept up to date
61 per cent of respondents have encountered some form of cybercrime.
The responses to the survey are below:
1) How often do you change your password for your email account?
2) Do you use the same password across multiple accounts such as email, social media, or other online profiles?
3) What do you use the internet for on public wi-fi and public computers?
4) When shopping online do you check that you are using a secure site? (Https URL, marked by a padlock sign in the web address bar)
5) Is anti-virus software installed on your computer and kept up-to-date?
6) Have you encountered any type of cybercrime online?
7) Which of the following sources of information about online security were you aware of?
Thank you to everyone who took part in the survey.
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