PayPal warns consumers: get smart about digital footprint - but for all the wrong reasons !


PayPal warns consumers: get smart about digital footprint

Consumers need to be smarter about keeping track of their digital footprint and be cautious about sharing personal information online to avoid cybercrime.

A PayPal survey of 500 respondents found 60 per cent of users used the same password for multiple accounts, such as email, while 50 per cent did not know how many websites held their personal information. "Many Australian consumers are unaware of the size and impact of the digital footprint they leave when interacting online," PayPal Australia managing director, Frerk-Malte Feller, said in a statement. "Whilst the majority of Australians surveyed believe they know the steps to protect themselves online, many continue to share their personal and financial information irresponsibly."

PayPal cited a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) showing losses to cybercrime totalled $63 million in 2010.