Consumers are unable to resist a strong, free Wi-Fi network and their online behaviours may be placing their personal information at risk, according to Norton by Symantec’s 2017 Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report.
Australians value the privacy of their photos the most, and would be more angry if hackers accessed and posted their private photos online over their financial information. While Australians are protective of their data, most of them don’t take precautionary measures to protect themselves, or know when they’re at risk of data breaches when accessing public Wi-Fi.
“There is a deep divide between what people think is safe when it comes to using public Wi-Fi versus the reality,” said Mark Gorrie, Director of ANZ Norton Business Unit. “What someone thinks is private on their personal device can easily be accessed by cybercriminals through unsecured Wi-Fi Networks or even apps with privacy vulnerabilities.”
The Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report surveyed more than 1,000 Australians to learn about their public Wi-Fi practices and perceptions. Many of the findings show Australians are aware of the risks of public Wi-Fi, but are not necessarily changing their behaviours. Australian specific highlights include:
Australians are big risk takers when it comes to using public Wi-Fi
Australians would be more angered if hackers posted their photos online, rather than their financial information.
Wi-Fi Access Is a Must When Traveling
Australians are unable to resist access to a strong and free Wi-Fi network despite the risks. This is especially true while travelling.
Help Ensure Your Personal Information Doesn’t Fall into the Wrong Hands
Despite the need for access to a strong, free Wi-Fi connection, there are simple steps consumers can take to help protect their information online:
Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report Methodology
The Norton Wi-Fi Risk Report is an online survey of 15,532 adults ages 18+ who use Wi-Fi across 15 countries, commissioned by Norton by Symantec and produced by research firm Reputation Leaders through international online panel company Research Now. The margin of error for the total sample is 0.8 percent at a 95 percent confidence level. The Australian sample reflects input from 1,000 Australian adults ages 18+ who use Wi-Fi. The margin of error is 3.1 percent for the total Australian sample. Data was collected from May 18th to June 5th, 2017 by Research Now.
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