47 percent of Canadians worried about falling victim to cybercrimes: poll

Staying clear of public Wi-Fi networks and securing banking information are two ways to protect yourself, RBC says

A new poll conducted for banking institution RBC found there is a low level of awareness about newer cyber threats. For example, only 30 percent of respondents understood pharming, which sees users redirected to fake websites to steal personal credentials.

“As Canadians live more of their life online, cybercrime has also grown year over year and become more sophisticated,” Adam Evans, RBC’s chief information security officer, said in a press release.

The poll found Canadians aged 55 and over are likely to be more concerned about cyber attacks, including unauthorized access to personal information and hacking of social media accounts.

While the results show younger people (particularly in the 18-34 age bracket) are more knowledgeable about most cyber threats, they aren’t more likely to take proactive measures.

The results found only 35 percent of respondents in the younger age group change their passwords regularly. Comparatively, 50 percent of those between 35-54, and 51 percent of those 55 and older, change their password periodically.

Ipsos conducted the survey on behalf of RBC, which includes the responses of 1,500 Canadians.

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Source: RBC