February 21, 2011

RESEARCH / INTERNET SAFETY: Online security not major concern for S'pore youths: survey

SINGAPORE: Singapore youths do not appear to be paying enough attention to online security and privacy, according to a survey by Singapore Polytechnic.

The youth and social media survey, which was run by second year Media and Communication students at Singapore Polytechnic, involved 800 Singaporeans aged between 15 and 35.

On average, youths are online for five hours a day, with four out of the five hours being spent on social networking sites like Facebook.

However, the time spent online is not matched by the attention and effort that should go to security settings, like the password. Close to 70 per cent of respondents have never changed their web passwords.

One in four does not use the privacy functions of social networking sites, while some 15 per cent are not even aware that such functions exist.

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