Students taking unnecessary risks with their online security, says Intel Security survey
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University students are putting themselves in danger by failing to protect their details online, according to new research. The survey, of 1,027 students and carried out by Intel Security, along with The National Student, found that over half (51.72%) have shared their mobile password with friends, whilst close to that number (46.46%) haven’t installed security software on their phones. Of those who do have security installed on their phone, 56.81% have updated it in the last year - although 7.57% updated their software between one and two years and and 1.36% up to five years ago. 12.04% can't remember when their security was last updated. Despite this, more than 90% of students logon to public Wi-Fi in their campuses, bars and clubs, whether it’s secure or not. When it comes to protecting potentially expensive gadgets, the news doesn’t get much better – only 12.82% of students took out contents insurance before leaving for university, meaning the vast majority will find themselves in a difficult situation if they lose their possessions or have them stolen. After arriving on campus, 56.99% of students failed to find out what security policies their university had to keep them safe. The survey was carried out August 2016. Not only are students putting themselves at risk from fraud by failing to protect themselves online, but it also appears that they’re not too worried about it. Over half of those surveyed – 51.69% - said that they wouldn’t attend talks about online security even if their university offered them.
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