29th October 2015
In the wake of last week’s data breach at TalkTalk new research shows that the vast majority of Britons are worried about the security of personal information online.
An analysis conducted by Affinion International found that 92% of people are concerned about fraudsters illegally obtaining their financial information.
But despite high concerns about personal data security, 13% of Britons admitted they do nothing whatsoever to protect their information while online, a figure rising to 26% among 18-24s.
Almost half, at 42%, of consumers do not use any online protection software, leaving themselves vulnerable to online criminal threats including phishing, key logging and screen capture malware.
Tips to minimise your risk of identity fraud:
“While companies are ultimately responsible for protecting their customers’ data there are simple steps that people can take to protect themselves online,” said Giles Desforges, Affinion International’s senior vice president Northern Europe.
“Customers should be proactive in monitoring their credit reports for unusual activity and they should use software to protect personal data and passwords while using the internet. Affinion helps brands to meet the needs of their customers and add value by offering easy to use credit monitoring and data protection products”.