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Aussies Oblivious To Online Risk

Aussies Oblivious To Online Risk

Fewer than half of Australians will take the measures required to secure their new devices this Christmas, despite 80 percent planning to use connected devices within a day of receiving them.

Just 44pc of those surveyed by Intel Security as part of the second-annual McAfee Most Hackable Christmas Gifts list are confident they will take the proper security measures to secure their new devices. Additionally, 46pc are unsure even of what steps are required to remain secure online.

“Just as consumers are eager to use their devices as soon as they can, cyber-criminals are even keener to use this lack of attention to security to their advantage, and swiftly gather personal consumer data,” said Intel Security A/NZ regional solution architect Andrew Hurren.

“This could expose consumers to malware or identity theft or even use unsecured devices to launch DDoS attacks as in the recent Dyn attack.”

Only 18percent of those surveyed knew about the security risks of drones, while even less were aware of security vulnerabilities of virtual reality technology (15pc), children’s toys (13pc), and pet gifts (10pc). – Channel News

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