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Filipinos Worry Most About Natural Disasters, Identity Theft, Research Finds

  • Between March 16 and April 5, Unisys surveyed 1,075 adults to determine rates of concern about issues of national, personal, financial, and Internet security.
  • Natural disasters and identity theft were cited as the key worries of this year’s Filipino consumers, Unisys Corp. said.
  • Other concerns among Filipinos include personal safety, bank card fraud, financial responsibilities, among others.
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Natural disasters and identity theft were cited as the key worries of this year’s Filipino consumers, Unisys Corp. said, citing its findings on security issues from its report.

“For 2020, the top concerns for Filipinos are natural disasters, with 93 percent of Filipinos seriously concerned about this issue, up from 89 percent in 2019,” Unisys Asia Director of Security Daphne Chee stated in a virtual briefing on Wednesday. “Following that, we see that 92% of Filipinos are concerned about identity theft, up from 90% last year,” Chee added.

Other concerns among Filipinos include personal safety (89 percent, up 6 percentage points), bank card fraud (88 percent, up 4 percentage points), hacking/viruses (86 percent, down 1 percentage point), financial responsibilities (83 percent, up 1 percentage point), national security (82 percent, down 1 percentage point), and online shopping (81 percent, down 1 percentage point).

Between March 16 and April 5, Unisys surveyed 1,075 adults to determine rates of concern about issues of national, personal, financial, and Internet security. The Philippine research was carried in Luzon and other parts of the country during the enhanced community quarantine.

Unisys said this year, the Philippines had a ranking of 238 on the Unisys Security Index, up from 234 a year prior. The index is on a scale of 300 points with 300 being the highest level of concern.

In terms of overall security issues, this places the nation at the top of the list of 15 countries surveyed, and 63 points above the global average index of 175.

Unisys also noted that to access online government services, Filipinos are more inclined to use a mobile app that matches their facial image with identification information in a government database than online banking services.

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