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Kiwis not turned off by Internet risks – 14 May 2013

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Keeping ourselves safe online has its challenges as our technology changes, according to data released by Statistics New Zealand today. Around 97 percent of laptops and PCs linking Kiwi households to the web have some kind of Internet security feature, compared with 4 in 5 for tablets, and 3 in 4 for mobile phones.

Anti-virus software clearly dominates Internet security on more traditional devices, protecting almost 9 in 10 laptops and PCs. However, when it comes to newer devices, such as tablets and phones, software patches are the most frequently used form of Internet security.

"With so much of what we do now on the Internet, it’s not surprising that security remains a big issue for New Zealanders," information and communication technology statistics manager Hamish Hill said.

"It’s not a simple relationship between awareness and action either. Half of all Kiwis aged over 15 years said they refused to use the Internet from public locations at some time in 2012 because of security and privacy concerns. And yet, 2 in 5 connected while at work, 1 in 5 through their education providers, and almost 1 in 6 used community Internet facilities."

"Security concerns are not just about where we connect. A third of Internet users said they were concerned about buying or selling goods online and social networking, and yet at least 60 percent of those still engaged in those activities in the 12 months before being surveyed. It seems we either continue despite our concerns, or find ways to minimise our perceived risks."

This information, released today, comes from Household Use of Information and Communication Technology: 2012, which was originally published on 22 April 2013.

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For media queries, contact: 
Hamish Hill 
Wellington 04 931 4600
Email: info@stats.govt.nz

Published 14 May 2013

Authorised by:
Geoff Bascand
Government Statistician

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