Consumer complacency features prominently in security survey

Will consumers ever learn about the dangers of online identity theft? Probably not .

Cartoon courtesy of VeriSign

Cartoon courtesy of VeriSign

Consumers appear to be rather complacent about their online security, if research by VeriSign is a guide.

According to its internal survey, conducted by Galaxy Research, 84 percent of Australians received some form of online threat over the past year, “via email from impostor banks or other institutions, offers requesting money transfers and requests to wire money overseas”.

Although a chunk of respondents receive large amounts of phishing messages, nearly all still believe they are at low risk from online security threats. Reasons offered for this feeling of comfort include having up-to-date antispyware (78 per cent); they don’t post personal information on social networking sites (61 percent); they don’t visit high risk Web sites (59 percent); and they shop on Web sites they know (56 percent).

VeriSign’s sample, which consisted of 533 Australians aged 16 years and older, also revealed that 94 percent would avoid using certain Web sites if they were not secure, while 65 percent fear having their credit card details stolen

As far as their online security is concerned, 82 percent agree they should take some responsibility for their own security online. Perhaps most amusing was 9 percent said the Australian government should take the responsibility for their security.

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