Kiwis don’t seem to be learning from their mistakes when it comes to cybercrime, according to a new report from Norton by Symantec.
The annual Norton Cyber Security Insights Report aims to shed light on the truth about online crime and the personal effect it has on people.
According to the findings, New Zealanders who were victims of cybercrime within the past year have often continued their unsafe behaviour. For example, while nearly half of people who had been victims used a secure password on every account, more than a third (36%) are likely to share their password with others, negating their efforts.
Additionally, 46% of Kiwis have at least one unprotected device leaving their other devices vulnerable to ransomware, malicious websites, zero days and phishing attacks, the report found.
Globally, 76% of respondents know they must actively protect their information online, but are still sharing passwords and engaging in other risky behaviours.
“Our findings show that New Zealanders are growing increasingly aware of the need to protect their personal information online, but aren’t motivated to take adequate precautions to stay safe,” explains Mark Shaw, technology strategist, Symantec, Pacific region.
“While Kiwis remain complacent, hackers are refining their skills and adapting their scams to further take advantage of people, making it increasingly important to take some action,” he says.
Shaw says given the rampant rates of cybercrime, the complacency in behaviour is concerning.
Within the past year, 689 million people in 21 countries were victims of cybercrime, an increase of 10% across the 17 countries that were measured in 2015.
Overconfidence in Connected Devices Leaves People Vulnerable
“With every connected home device purchase, people are unknowingly giving hackers a new avenue to launch attacks,” says Shaw.
“In some instances, poor security habits and vulnerabilities in connected devices are letting hackers into Kiwis’ homes.”
New Zealanders Admit the Risks Are Real
Shaw says the prevalence of cybercrime has merged with peoples’ perception of real-world risks. He says many New Zealanders now see cybercrime dangers as equivalent to risks in the real world:
Bad Habits Are Hard to Break – Online or Otherwise
“Experiencing cybercrime is a potential consequence of living in a connected world, but Kiwis still remain complacent when it comes to protecting their personal information online,” Shaw explains.