Job hunters putting themselves at cyber security risk

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Latest research has revealed that there are a number of job hunters who are putting themselves at high risk of cyber-attacks.

The recent report, carried out by CV-Library, surveyed 2,000 people and found that despite so many being both aware and concerned about identity theft, as many as 19% of respondents have used the same password to register their CV online as the one they use for their personal email account.

This is a main issue highlighted by the government’s Cyber Aware campaign, which strongly advises having a strong and separate password for your email due to it being a gateway into personal data.

More than a quarter of respondents (28%) are re-using passwords across online accounts, which means that if they have one account’s security compromised, they risk opening up other accounts to hackers. Worryingly, the findings reveal that just over one in five (22%) respondents have already been hacked.

Other findings show:

– 75% of respondents worry about their personal identity being stolen

– 59% worry that the information on their CV could be stolen

– 83% are concerned about a hacker accessing their personal details and documents.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library commented, “Our survey reveals some stark contrasts between those who worry about their personal identity being stolen and those who put themselves at risk by not using strong and separate password for their email account. Many job hunters are leaving themselves open to cyber-attacks, without really knowing it is happening and this is something that needs to be addressed.

“We, like many other job boards, are affiliated with SAFERjobs, a not-for-profit organisation which promotes the importance of conducting a secure job hunt. We pay great attention to vetting all jobs that appear on our site and encourage candidates across the UK to take a proactive approach to staying secure online.”

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