Ministers for the Department of Communications and the Arts

Stay Smart Online Week 2014: Australians choosing online access over security

2 June 2014

Today's launch of the 2014 Stay Smart Online Week emphasises the importance of online security for mobile devices, as new research finds that Australian users of internet-enabled mobile devices prioritise connectivity over security.

The week's theme ‘On the Go’ is particularly timely, as increasing numbers of Australians use smart phones and tablets in public, but two in three Australians are not confident about the security of public Wi-Fi connections.

Stay Smart Online 2014 research also found:

  • 72 per cent of Australians use Wi-Fi services in locations such as a cafés, shopping centres and airports
  • Australian internet users are more concerned about deleting their browsing history (74 per cent) than changing their passwords every six months (49 per cent)
  • Only two in five mobile users always read ‘permission requests’ before downloading an app to their tablet or smart phone
  • Young internet users are twice as likely as the average internet user to consider internet speed more important than security of the connection
  • One in four families with young children report they still have little or no knowledge about protecting themselves online
  • One in five older Australians believe they have been a victim of an online scam or identify theft
  • The proportion of Australians securing or locking their smart phones increased by more than 10 per cent since 2013

Today's Stay Smart Online launch also scopes out the next generation of cyber-defenders at the 2014 Cyber Security Challenge. In a year of fierce competition, congratulations to the team from UNSW who took this year's top spot for the third year in a row.

There are simple ways people can protect themselves and their mobile devices from scams, identity theft or other losses online.

Stay Smart Online is an Australian Government initiative providing internet users with simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online.

The initiative is held in partnership with around 1,700 private and community sector organisations, and all levels of government.

For more information about Stay Smart Online Week 2014, to discover the new Top Tips, and to watch the new Stay Smart Online song, subscribe to the Stay Smart Online Alert Service and “like” Stay Smart Online on Facebook, visit www.staysmartonline.gov.au

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