With the penetration of the internet, online safety has become utmost important for us and our kids. However, most of us do not take adequate measures to keep us and our kids from the bad effects of the internet. On the occasion of Safer Internet Day, OLX, India’s classified’s platform today released its findings from the company’s 2019 Internet Behaviour Survey. The survey with 26,000+ netizens reveals that a majority of netizens neglect cybersecurity best practices in their personal life, and do not monitor the content their kids view online. Nearly 57 percent respondents have shown negligence towards their own safety – both online and offline, while 60 percent admitted that they do not monitor the content their kids view online.
The study gound that 67 percent skipped the terms and conditions or any other safety/legal guidelines while signing up to a website or using a product, while 54 percent said they had not changed the password to their social media accounts in the last 6 months. The 31 percent of the respondents said that they can’t even recall how long it had been since they had last changed their password. Of the respondents surveyed, 56 percent said they freely shared their mobile number on professional or social media profiles.
In police verification of household staff too, similar neglect towards safety measures was observed. About 75 percent have said that they had not conducted a police verification. Only 25 percent of the respondents said that they have followed this process for household staff. Delhi respondents were the highest among those who said they followed the process of police verification for household staff, followed by Mumbai.
Contradictory to this overall neglect that netizens show to safety measures, there are, however, high degree of awareness about financial safety. Of the respondents, 68 percent said that they had never shared their OTP or password for their bank account, social media accounts, laptop or phone with anyone.
“Safer Internet Day is a great time to reflect on our personal attitudes and behaviours, and make a concerted choice to take actions that ensure our own safety and that of our children”, said Lavanya Chandan, General Counsel, OLX India.
The Internet Safety survey by OLX India was conducted online with 26,000 internet users between the ages of 18 and 55 years in Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Hyderabad.