Basic security still lacking online, says APACS

25 September 2006
According to the findings of APACS, many people are still way behind the times when it comes to securing their details and identity as they bank online.

The research from APACS shows that as many as half a million people said they would respond to an unsolicited email that asked them to enter their personal security details after following a link.

Fewer than 50 per cent of respondents also said they regularly update their anti-virus software, while only one in ten online banking customers said they had anti-spam software installed, and less than a third have a firewall.

The internet has totally changed the way we shop and bank and it's very safe, provided you remember [to] use a secure PC and be wary of unsolicited emails," said Sandra Quinn, director of corporate communications for APACS.

"This new research shows that some people still aren't doing all they should to protect themselves which, hand in hand with a large increase in phishing email attacks at the start of the year, leads us to expect an increase in online banking fraud losses in the first half of 2006."

APACS' report showed that older people were the worst culprits for failing to protect their details – half of over 55s have their security passwords written down.

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