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Over 30% of Irish workers have had an online account compromised since Covid-19

Written by Robert McHugh, on 8th May 2020. Posted in Technology

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New research published by OneLogin shows that 31% of Irish professionals have had an online account compromised since working remotely.

The survey included an Irish sample size of 1,000 Irish remote workers and was carried out to mark World Password Day. Of those who had their online accounts compromised, 23% updated their online passwords, however the remaining 7% didn’t take any action.

In line with the Irish Government’s Covid-19 restrictions, an estimated 300,000 Irish professionals are currently working remotely. For many organisations who may not have previously facilitated remote working, OneLogin say this has proven a significant infrastructural challenge for both employers and employees. 

Amongst Irish adults working from home, the research found that 65% are using computers provided by their employers, meanwhile 35% are remote working on personal computers, often shared by other family members.  

The research suggests that 24% of remote workers have updated their home wifi password in the last month, 50% have done so in the last 12 months, meanwhile, the remaining 26% haven’t updated their home wifi password in the last two years or more.

In addition, 9% of those surveyed admit to doing work using public wifi, 11% say they have shared their work computer login details with at least one family member, 13% say they have let a family member use their work computer for personal use, 13% have shared work passwords electronically and 18% have accessed work applications from non-work devices.

"Organizations everywhere are facing unprecedented challenges as millions of people are working from home," said Brad Brooks, CEO and president of OneLogin. "Passwords pose an even greater risk in this WFH environment and - as our study supports - are the weakest link in exposing businesses’ customers and data to bad actors."

He added, "This global remote work study shines the light on the importance of ensuring the right people are accessing internal and customer data at all times. It underscores the importance of protecting employees and their entire organisations, aligning with privacy and security best practices around the world."

Source: www.businessworld.ie

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