Brits 'more likely to protect their Facebook account than their PIN number'
Published 12 October 2012
British people are more likely to keep their Facebook password secret than their PIN number.
A poll of 1,000* people suggests that more people take care to protect their Facebook passwords than their PIN numbers.
It seems that many Brits have a different sense of security when it comes to protecting details like their PIN number and are more vigilant with their Facebook account, which begs the question: Surely the consequences of your bank account being hacked outweigh a Facebook hacking?
More people trust friends with PIN number than Facebook login
9% of people - around one in 10 - share their PIN number with their friends or colleagues, letting them withdraw cash or buy things for them, but only one in 20 would give away their Facebook login details or the code to get into their mobile phone.
It seems weekday lunchtimes, when time is limited, is when you're most likely to find British workers sharing their bank card and PIN with colleagues.
The poll also found that a third (33%) of Brits will leave their bank card or statement open on a shared network at work, lying on their desk, or loose in the bin without destroying or shredding their details. Only 10% would ever leave their Facebook page open on a shared network, or share personal details like their address or date of birth on their profile.
Only one third (36%) of people said they keep personal details like their PIN and passwords private and on average people share these details with one other person, although around one in 8 (13%) share personal security details with three or more people.
A spokesperson for thinkmoney commented, "A survey like this certainly makes you think. You have to think about what the consequences of your bank details being stolen could be, compared with the consequences of your social network account being hacked.
"Sharing your PIN with others can also invalidate your claim to compensation in the event your account was hacked."
* 1,000 people were surveyed in September on behalf of Staples, 'the world’s largest office products company and second largest e-commerce company'.