Internet users acting riskier on personal devices than at work, according to ESET

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Cyber-savviness report by ESET shows the cybersecurity risks, behaviours and concerns in Australia and New Zealand


ESET, a global pioneer in IT security, has found internet users in Australia and New Zealand have strong knowledge of cybersecurity best practices, but rarely apply these at home. ESET’s whitepaper, ESET Australia and New Zealand cyber-savviness report: understanding and driving cybersecurity best practices, analyses the results of a survey of more than 1,300 online users across Australia and New Zealand.


The survey found respondents practice significantly riskier behaviour on personal devices, despite these holding highly sensitive information such as banking details, than on work devices.


Almost half the survey respondents (48%) stated they would make a purchase online and have their credit card details stored on these websites for convenience, compared to only 13% who would at work. Also, over a quarter of respondents (27%) use the same password for all accounts on their personal device, in comparison to only 16% at work.


Personal device / at home

Work device / at work

Make purchases online and have credit card details stored on these websites for convenience



Make purchases online and have credit card details stored on mobile apps for convenience



Create passwords based on their favourite word/phrase/name/personal detail



Use the same password for all/most accounts



Use public Wi-Fi or computers when they are available



Click on banner ads



Accept incoming requests on social media



Download/torrent videos and music from non-official sources





Lukas Raska, APAC COO of ESET comments: “Knowledge of cybersecurity best practices is relatively strong in Australia and New Zealand, though there are still a lot of improvements to be made. Weak cybersecurity practices can have damaging consequences, including data theft, and it is important that internet users don’t provide any opportunities for e-criminals to steal their personal data. Limiting these chances starts with having proper knowledge and capabilities to protect your data.”


Nick FitzGerald, Senior Research Fellow at ESET, said the results were concerning, with the complexities and volumes of malware growing every day.


“Weak cybersecurity behaviours on personal devices can lead to ease of identity theft, ransomware attacks, phishing, and more. Seemingly small things, like your passwords, could be the gateway hackers and e-criminals are looking for,” says FitzGerald.


The survey also assessed the respondents’ top cybersecurity concerns today and for the future. The top three concerns all related to the security of banking and personal details:


1.       Use of free apps and software (39%)

2.       Online purchases (37%)

3.       Internet banking (36%)


Top concerns for the future were:


1.       Internet and mobile banking (48%)

2.       Making purchases online (31%)

3.       Social networks (31%)


“While the concerns expressed in the survey results are understandable, the biggest near-future concern for most internet users we have identified at ESET is the damage and disruption of a ransomware event,” FitzGerald cautions.


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