Tasmanians who have spent more time online during the coronavirus pandemic are more likely to fall prey to cyber criminals, Crime Stoppers Tasmania chief executive Mariae Leckie says.
New research from EMRS commissioned by the body’s sponsor Federal Group showed 68 per cent of Tasmanians said they had spent more time using internet-connected devices during the pandemic.
Just two per cent said they had spent less time online.
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Mrs Leckie said there was a particular concern over the increased risk to children who had spent more time online.
“The pandemic has definitely heightened concerns as predators have more access to children online than ever before, through a range of popular apps, games and social media sites,” she said.
“Cybercrime includes online scams or fraud, identity theft, cyber bulling and child sexual abuse material, and with Tasmanians spending more time online, people need to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones.”
Survey results showed one quarter of Tasmanians had experienced an increase in online scams since the start of the pandemic.
Federal Group executive general manager Daniel Hanna said the latest EMRS results showed Tasmanians were also concerned about their general safety.
“Fifty percent of Tasmanians are more concerned about their personal safety and security now than before the pandemic,” he said.
Eleven per cent of Tasmanians said there were less concerned. The survey of 1000 adults was taken between May 21 and 26.
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