Brazilians do not trust companies for data protection

But they also don't do much to protect their personal data, says research

The majority of Brazilians do not trust corporates to protect their personal information - but don't do much to protect their own data either, according to a study.

Some 76 percent of the consumers polled by GMI on behalf of Fortinet have concerns over how companies are looking after their details in the event of a possible data leak.

According to the research, only 25 percent of those surveyed trust their own doctor to protect their data and 23 percent trust their banking institution, while only 14 percent trust their employers and a meagre 6 percent trust retailers.

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However, when it comes to what consumers are doing to protect their own information, some 81 percent mentioned they had adopted some form of improved security measure such as better passwords, but were not aware of other ways of boosting data security, such as two-factor authentication.

About 54 percent of those polled were also unsure about the security of their data while using social media tools and some 62 percent believe that their own computing device is the biggest threat to their data security.

The Fortinet research surveyed 5,000 consumers across Latin America during April 2015.

Separate research by Intel released last month suggests that Brazilian office workers trust their employers to protect their personal information - even though most use corporate equipment for personal activities.