Story image

The online content that gives Kiwis concern

31 Jan 2019

New research released today by InternetNZ shows that 92% of New Zealanders are concerned about young children accessing inappropriate content on the Internet.

InternetNZ commissioned market research company Colmar Brunton to conduct research on Kiwis' thoughts and attitudes to the Internet, including our hopes and fears of it.

InternetNZ outreach and engagement director Andrew Cushen says this is a reminder for families to talk with each other about the different types of content found online, and to talk about what to do if they come across any upsetting content. We need to ensure that people of all ages feel safe on the Internet.

The research shows safety and trust online is a key theme, topping New Zealanders’ lists of concerns.

"94% of people are concerned about the security of personal data but many are not taking appropriate steps to protect themselves online," says Cushen.

Only a third of people are using two-factor or multi-factor authentication on their accounts. And under half of people are regularly backing up their content.

"These are numbers that we must try to improve in order for New Zealanders to be safe online. We all need to take personal responsibility for our safety on the Internet," says Cushen.

The Internet offers so many benefits and opportunities and Kiwis recognise this with 9 out of 10 saying the benefits of the Internet outway the negatives.

When asked what the main benefits of the Internet are, 83% said access to information - which shines light on the importance of every New Zealander being able to get online.

"As more and more of our lives are spent on the Internet, being able to access information online has now become a necessity. This is why it’s so important that we continue to try and close digital divides in New Zealand.

"Every New Zealander deserves the opportunity to harness the power of the Internet," says Cushen.

InternetNZ will continue to fund this research each year to demonstrate what people think today, and how their thinking changes over time.

Venafi and nCipher Security partner on machine identity protection
Cryptographic keys serve as machine identities and are the foundation of enterprise information technology systems.
Machine learning is a tool and the bad guys are using it
KPMG NZ’s CIO and ESET’s CTO spoke at a recent cybersecurity conference about how machine learning and data analytics are not to be feared, but used.
Seagate: Data trends, opportunities, and challenges at the edge
The development of edge technology and the rise of big data have brought many opportunities for data infrastructure companies to the fore.
Popular Android apps track users and violate Google's policies
Google has reportedly taken action against some of the violators.
How blockchain could help stop video piracy in its tracks
An Australian video tech firm has successfully tested a blockchain trial that could end up being a welcome relief for video creators and the fight against video piracy.
IBM X-Force Red & Qualys introduce automated patching
IBM X-Force Red and Qualys are declaring a war on unpatched systems, and they believe automation is the answer.
Micro Focus acquires Interset to improve predictive analytics
Interset utilises user and entity behavioural analytics (UEBA) and machine learning to give security professionals what they need to execute threat detection analysis.
Raising the stakes: McAfee’s predictions for cybersecurity
Security teams and solutions will have to contend with synergistic threats, increasingly backed by artificial intelligence to avoid detection.