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October 9, 2015

UK workforce feels data theft is ‘inevitable’

News: Data hacks haunt UK workforce

By Nitin Kumar

Around 65% of the UK workforce feel that they are more vulnerable to data hacks than they were a year ago.

US based software company Citrix commissioned the poll which highlighted that 71% of the respondents felt that data theft was "inevitable" at some point.

Around 33% of the respondents in the age group of 16 to 25-years feel that they were more vulnerable to hacks, in comparison to only 15% of respondents in their mid 50s who considered themselves to be vulnerable.

When it came to protecting their valuable data, 68% of the respondents claimed that their physical documents were at risk and considered the old method of shredding as a solution.

Only 9% of the respondents said that they used cloud to backup their data, while 30% of the respondents are still dependent on USB memory sticks to back-up important information.

Some workers in the UK claimed that they create confusing personal information and only use Linux-based software to protect their data, with a belief that Linux is less vulnerable to hacking.

In the case of digital transactions, some of the workers claimed that they prefer to bank offline to protect their data from being hacked while others said that they only bank online to protect their data.

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Digital banking is on the rise with the emergence of new technology such as mobile payment and most of the tech titans have launched their version of the technology including Google, Apple and Samsung.

However, recently LoopPay, a key element of Samsung Pay was hacked by Chinese hackers but Samsung denied reports its customers’ data is at risk.


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