By Adam Turner
07 December 2006
Fear of identity theft and credit card fraud outweighs fear of terrorism
amongst Australians, according to a quarterly security survey.
While Australians are more relaxed and comfortable than they were three
months ago, more than half are still "extremely or very concerned" about
the security of their personal information, according to the December
Unisys Security Index - a national survey of some 1200 Australians
conducted by Newspoll on behalf of Unisys.
After a spike in security fears in September, concern about National
Security Issues fell 15 points to 124 over the last three months - the
single largest decline out of the four areas canvassed by the Index.
Concern over Financial, Internet and Personal security were also down.
"We have clearly moved on from the elevated levels recorded in September
which was preceded by international turmoil such as the failed London
terror plot and conflict in Lebanon," said Andrew Barkla, general
manager and vice president, Unisys Asia Pacific.
"Yet, whilst concerns about war and terror are down, concern about
identity theft and financial fraud remain high with more than 50 per
cent of Australians extremely or very concerned about both issues.
Credit/Debit Card fraud and the unauthorised access to and misuse of
personal information have consistently remained the Top 2 concerns of
According to the most recent survey;
55 per cent of Australians are either extremely or very concerned about
unauthorised access to or misuse of their personal information
53 per cent of Australians are very or extremely concerned about other
people obtaining credit card / debit card details
45 per cent of Australians are very or extremely concerned about
Australias national security in relation to war or terrorism
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