New research by Citrix reveals that nearly 31 percent of workers in the UK would feel more violated if files were stolen from their computer than if intruders broke into their home. Half of respondents to the poll admitted that they save confidential information in a private folder that they wouldn't want anyone to access.

The research, which surveyed 2,000 full-time UK workers, found that almost half (48 percent) of young workers between the ages of 16 and 24 have multiple private files on their computers. Only 16 percent of respondents over the age of 55 have more than one private file. Forty five percent of the young workers feel more violated by the thought of someone stealing their personal information and files than a stranger intruding their home.

Research also revealed that 25 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds keep all passwords in one file on their computer or mobile device. Due to this, one instance of data theft could make all of their accounts and folders vulnerable to attackers. Younger generations willing to save large quantities of personal and secret information online could cause serious security concerns around sensitive corporate data as they enter they workforce in the upcoming years.

The growing awareness of safeguarding data around the risks and outcomes of data theft is more intense in London that any other region. Almost half (49 percent) of London residents find data theft a more serious concern than someone breaking into their home (44 percent).

“Protecting our information and digital identities against hackers is absolutely crucial, both at home and at work. The results of the study suggest that UK workers are indeed aware of the risks of data theft. Yet more work must be done to ensure this growing awareness translates to safer practices at work,” said Chris Mayers, chief security architect, Citrix.