UK online customers, vulnerable because of weak passwords

Thursday 16 October 2014 11:58 CET | News

Millions of UK online shoppers and internet bank customers are at risk of fraud, identity theft and blackmail, a new research reveals.

According to a Home Office study, about 75% of Britons do not create complex passwords, putting them at risk of falling victim to hackers who snatch credit card or bank details, personal information or photographs.

Findings reveal that two-thirds of respondents jeopardised their online security by not using symbols and nearly half used easily-guessed passwords such as their childrens names, Iloveyou or 123456.

The drive to raise awareness of boosting cyber-security comes after it was revealed that internet fraud alone has soared by 71% to GBP 29.3 million.

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Keywords: UK, online customers, weak passwords, online shoppers, internet bank customers, web fraud, identity theft, online security
Categories: Fraud & Financial Crime
Countries: World
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Fraud & Financial Crime