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Online and financial security concerns soar

Online and financial security concerns soar

New Zealanders believe their level of risk of identity theft and or related crime will increase as a result of the global economic crisis.

New Zealand has recorded its highest Unisys Security Index since December 2007 with a 15 point increase. The index now stands at 124 out of 300. The study measures consumer perceptions on a scale of zero to 300, with 300 representing the highest level of concern.

New Zealanders recorded higher levels of concern in all eight security questions, according to the report released today.

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These included a 9 per cent increase in those concerned about computer security in relation to viruses and email and also unauthorised access to or misuse of personal information.

There was an 8 per cent increase in consumers who were concerned about the security of shopping online and a 7 per cent increase in levels of concern about people using credit card details.

National security increased 10 points to 106, financial security increased 14 points to 137, internet security increased 18 points to 129 and personal security increased 15 points to 123.

Sixty seven per cent of New Zealanders said they believed their personal risk level of identity theft and related crime would increase as a result of the global economic crisis. Only 3 per cent thought their level of risk would decrease.

Unisys security spokesperson Mike Webber says in addition, 58 per cent, or an estimated 1.8 million people, are to some degree concerned about their ability to meet essential financial obligations such as mortgages, loans and credit card payments.


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