Breaches get UK consumers thinking about online security

News by Doug Drinkwater

A new study has found that almost half (47 percent) of UK consumers are taking a greater interest in being safe online.

The ‘Restore Control' study from password manager DashLane indicates that half of surveyed respondents believe that technology takes up too much of their time, with many of these expressing frustration at irritating online adverts (67 percent) and spam email (62 percent), and having to register for new accounts and remember multiple passwords.

However, in better news, the general public does appear to be taking a greater interest in online security, which is perhaps unsurprising given 2014 saw several high-profile data breaches affecting consumers, not least those affecting eBay and Apple's iCloud.

Around half of consumers (47 percent) say that they are taking a greater interest in being safe online although a quarter (24 percent) say they now feel more vulnerable online.

Despite this, there was a mixed reaction on responding to this vulnerability. Less than a third (32 percent) of consumers have actually taken any steps to improve their digital security while another 30 percent say that they introduced different, complex passwords for each online account they hold.

The remainder try to follow advice but admit that it's either too difficult (49 percent) to understand or refuse to even try if they feel it's unrealistic in practice (21 percent). 

Guillaume Desnoës, head of European markets at Dashlane, said in a statement: “Improved connectivity, reduced cost of access and the consumerisation of IT have brought the internet into all aspects of our lives. 

“The trend is set to continue with the advent of wearable devices and the Internet of Things. This is no bad thing – we created and have embraced this new way of living. But the deeper we go, the harder it is for us to maintain control.”

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