Almost one in four use the same password for all websites
GetSafeOnline.org exists to provide an easy guide to ensuring you are safe online. There is a Get Safe Online Awareness Week running from 12th to 16th November which explains why people will be hearing all about the statistics revealed in an ICM survey of 2,013 adults in the UK across a number of media outlets.
- Almost one in four (24%) use the same password for all websites. The problem is exacerbated amongst the over 65s, of whom 51% use a single password.
- 13% use the name of a family member or partner for their password. Females are twice as likely (17%) as males to do this.
- 24% of internet users have opened an email attachment from an unknown source, rising to 36% amongst 18-24 year olds.
- Over 7.8 million internet users in the UK have left their own wireless internet access unsecured.
- One third of all internet users (34%) are registered to a social networking website, such as Facebook, MySpace or Friends Reunited. This includes 65% of 18-24 year olds and 49% of 25-34 year olds.
- 25% of all people using social networking sites have posted confidential or personal information such as their phone number, address or email, on their online profile. This includes 34% of 18-24 year olds and 30% of 25-34 year olds.
Sobering statistics in some cases and perhaps this shows the rate at which society is changing. We have had many years to get to grips with remembering to lock up our homes whereas the internet is still a very immature medium that is changing at a very rapid pace.
The steps to make your online experience safer are easy enough to follow and a few minutes going through the steps to protect your computer are worth doing, even if you think you are protected as there may be something you have forgotten.