Adelaide residents appear to be the best at keeping their passwords secret, while Sydneysiders are more conscious of backing up their data, according to the results of a survey taken across Australia's five mainland capital cities.
AVG commissioned Research Now to conduct the survey, which covered 1250 Australian consumers. It was conducted last month and the survey was repeated in the UK, US and New Zealand.
Brisbane was the worst culprit when it came to not sharing their passwords — 28 per cent had shared their password with someone else, compared to Adelaide's 22 per cent.
However, overall, Australia is the most secretive about keeping their passwords safe. Nationally, 25 per cent of Australian respondents have shared their passwords, but this is the lowest figure out of the UK, US and NZ figures.
The survey also found that, overall, 77 per cent of Australians questioned used three or more passwords online. On the mobile front, only 18 per cent of Australians had changed the password on their mobile device in the past year.
While Adelaide residents may have the best result for not sharing their passwords, they were also the worst at backing up their data. One in three respondents said they don't back up their data, compared to Sydney's 22 per cent figure.
Percentage of users that don't backup their data
(Brisbane figures were derived from the national average)
Nationally, 74 per cent of Australians backup their computer data, placing the country in the middle of the pack against the UK, US and NZ figures. With regards to mobile devices, all four countries appear to neglect making backups. Only 36 per cent of Australians made backups of their mobile devices.
"As more data is stored on more devices — and more cybercriminals attempt to get their hands on it — consumers need to be vigilant about safeguarding their personal information," said Lloyd Borrett, security evangelist at AVG Australia/New Zealand.