Despite internet users being concerned about online fraud and personal privacy, behaviours indicate otherwise according to a recent study commissioned by Trend Micro.
The study showed that a high number of internet users are placing their personal information at risk by oversharing confidential information and not using security measures while online.
The results found that in New Zealand, 29 percent of mobile users do not use a password to protect their devices and that 65 percent of consumers let their browser save their password when they are on the internet.
Users often share confidential information, private images, personal contact information and location details without having much security enabled on their devices. Furthermore, some internet users allow apps to access public information from their social media profiles.
“As the number of ways to communicate increase, so do the threats to our private data”, says Tim Falinski, Director Consumer ANZ at Trend Micro.
In response to the survey, Trend Micro has released a series of videos called Don’t Be That Guy, which highlight potential problem areas many internet and mobile users face, while providing solutions on how to protect private information. The videos focus on the following topics:
- Identity theft prevention
- Password management
- The dangers of phishing scams
- The risks of downloading apps on your Mobile
- Online privacy setting & protection
To view the video, click here
SECURITY TIPS FOR MOBILE SECURITY
- Check the permissions requested by all the apps you’re downloading. If an app asks for more information than it should, do not download it.
- Check the reviews of the apps you’re downloading. The users’ comments will clue you in on whether it’s a fake app or the genuine article.
- Only download apps straight from the source, or from trusted app stores and websites. This eliminates the chance of you downloading mobile malware disguised as fake apps.
- Check the details of your downloaded app. If the title is misspelled or it lists certain details wrong (like developer name) then it may be malware.