In­ter­net shop­pers be warned

Sunday Tasmanian - - News - STEPHANIE BEN­NETT

AS on­line shop­ping booms in the lead-up to Christ­mas, a se­cu­rity ex­pert has warned of po­ten­tial risks.

Re­cently re­leased data from the Unisys Se­cu­rity In­dex, a global sur­vey mea­sur­ing se­cu­rity con­cerns of peo­ple around the world, found Aus­tralians feel in­creas­ingly at risk of bank card fraud and on­line hack­ing.

Unisys Asia Pa­cific se­cu­rity ser­vices di­rec­tor Ash­win Pal said shop­pers should take pre­cau­tions when hand­ing over details.

“The grow­ing so­phis­ti­ca­tion of hack­ers com­bined with the in­crease in the num­ber of high-pro­file cy­ber at­tacks has high­lighted how vul­ner­a­ble our dig­i­tal lives are,” Mr Pal said.

Mr Pal said shop­pers could pro­tect them­selves by only shop­ping on se­cure web­sites, us­ing pass­word pro­tect­ing de­vices and en­sur­ing soft­ware is up­dated.

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