Online safety among concerns for Tasmanians
Crime Stoppers is urging Tasmanians to remain on the look out for suspicious activity online.
New EMRS research commissioned by the Federal Group has found 68% of people in the Apple Isle are spending more time browsing the internet since the start of the pandemic.
Crime Stoppers Tasmania CEO Mariae Leckie says cyber criminals have pounced.
“Cybercrime includes online scams or fraud, identity theft, cyber bulling and child sexual abuse material, and with Tasmanians spending more time online, people need to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones,” Mrs Leckie said.
She's particularly concerned about the increased risk to children who are spending more time online.
“The pandemic has definitely heightened concerns, as predators have more access to children online than ever before, through a range of popular apps, games and social media sites."
A quarter of Tasmanians surveyed experienced an increase in online scams since COVID-19 started.
“We have seen a number of recent examples, including scammers texting and emailing victims pretending to be the tax office or Netflix," she said.
However COVID-19's impact on jobs (96%), businesses (96%) and the state economy (94%) are still the main concerns for Tasmanians in the latest data.
“Fifty percent of Tasmanians are more concerned about their personal safety and security now, than before the pandemic,” Federal Group Executive General Manager Daniel Hanna said.
“We can see from the last two surveys that concerns about personal health are on the rise again following the outbreak in Victoria, with 63 per cent of Tasmanians saying this is a worry for them."
“The outbreak in Victoria is also probably the reason that people think social distancing measures will be in place longer than they originally expected. Latest results show almost 60 percent of Tasmanians expect measures to be in place for six months to two years, compared to 42 percent at the end of May,” he said.