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81% of Canadians Fear for their Personal Information if Government Hacked

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The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), which manages top level .CA domains for all Canadians, has released Canada Internet Factbook for 2018, based on data conducted from an online survey in March 2018.

CIRA internet factbook

The rise of smartphones has resulted in 40 per cent using a mobile device to make an online purchase in 2018, up from just 12 per cent in 2014. Canadians get online 55% of the time with their laptops, followed by 32% with a smartphone, 12% by tablet and 1% by desktop.

When it comes to cybersecurity, 77 per cent of Canadians are worried about breaches at companies and organizations which have their personal information, while 81 per cent of Canadians fear the security of their personal information held by a government department, if there was a cyber attack.

“Over three quarters of Canadians are concerned about cyberattacks against organizations that may have access to their personal information,” says Byron Holland, president and CEO of CIRA, in a press release. “As more services become web-based, organizations have a growing responsibility to secure their systems from cyber threats and protect the personal information of Canadians. This makes understanding Canada’s internet, how Canadians use it and how it can be improved, all the more important.”

Data shows subscriptions to online content is led by Netflix at 53%, followed by Spotify at 16%, Apple Music at 12%, Amazon Prime Video at 10%, Bell’s CraveTV at 9%, newspapers at 8% and magazines at 4%.

The data shows 74 per cent of Canadians spend at least 3-4 hours online per day, with 52 per cent of Canadians noting they had five or more internet-connected devices at home.

Check out the infographic below to see more data derived from the survey:

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