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68% of Singaporeans access unsecured public Wi-Fi hotspots

Anuradha Shukla | July 24, 2013
Trend Micro tips on online protection for home Internet users.

Sixty-eight percent of Singaporeans access free, unsecured public Wi-Fi networks and hotspots, according to a newly released report by Trend Micro that has advised citizens on online protection for home Internet users.

About half access social networks on public computers as per Trend Micro Poll of 1810 consumers in Singapore conducted in April 2013.

Eighty-three percent of Singaporeans log on to social networks on their mobile devices and the company warns users to be careful about the personal information they share on social networks as revealing such info can lead to identity theft and social engineering. 

Another Trend Micro Poll of 721 consumers in Singapore conducted in July 2013 shows that one in four users in Singapore experience Internet security issues on their personal laptop or PC most often.

The company advises users to avoid making financial transactions over free, unsecured wireless networks as someone may exploit their credit card numbers leading to financial losses.

Making headlines

Attacks by cyber criminals made headlines several times last year including Eu Yan Sang website hacks in Singapore and vicious attacks against the South Korean government and organisations.

Emphasising the importance of cyber security, Trend Micro encourages businesses and consumers to use best practices against targeted cyber attacks for businesses.

Internet users should password-lock their mobile devices as this will help them to protect their personal information. 

Enterprises should improve detection capabilities and establish an incident response plan in order to mitigate and minimise the impact in a quick manner.

They should also purchase threat protection platforms that have the ability to detect zero-day malware and malicious communications.

 

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