December 2 2013.

New research by not-for-profit organisation has revealed that while the vast majority recognise that it’s their responsibility to be safe online, few take the most basic of precautions.

The organisation says that some of the biggest online safety issues involve passwords. It found that almost half of the 2,000 UK adults surveyed often don’t log out of websites or apps when they’ve finished using them.

This is compounded by the fact that only 42 per cent of adults use passwords or PINs on their mobiles. As mobile devices become more sophisticated, not protecting them with a password can be likened to leaving the keys in the door.

Other behavioural misdemeanours include a third of social media users accepting a friend they don’t know and a quarter regretting something they have posted online.

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