We asked the public a few questions about internet security. Here’s what we found:

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Over 1 in 5 Irish adults (22%) have had an account of theirs such as email, social network, or online hacked.

Almost 7 in 10 Irish adults (68%) use online banking at least once a week, and 2 in 5 Irish adults (40%) make online payments regularly.

The 25-34 age group are perhaps the most vulnerable online users, considering that their usage of online banking and online payments is higher than any other age group. Incidences of hacking are also highest amongst this age cohort with almost 1 in 3 (29%) claiming an online account of theirs has been hacked.

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There is high awareness of online dangers, with only 17% believing their personal information is safe online.

In terms of attitudes towards online security, over 3 in 4 (76%) believe that everyone should have the right to delete anything related to them that’s posted online by others. This is slightly higher amongst females with almost 4 in 5 (79%) agreeing.

Males are more inclined to think that there is nothing to worry about online as long as you have nothing to hide, with over 1 in 4 males (26%) agreeing, compared to less than 1 in 5 (19%) females.

Belief than private emails are being monitored by governments is also higher amongst males. Almost half of males (47%) agree with the statement, compared to less than 1 in 3 females (29%).



Methodology: Online Omnibus survey. Nationally representative online sample.

Sample: 1,004 Irish adults aged 18+.

Date: Fieldwork was conducted in August 2015. This research was conducted independently by Coyne Research for PR purposes.

For further details or to enquire about our monthly omnibus contact Coyne Research on 01-461 1040 or email info@coynereseach.com.