High-profile cyber attacks are making social media users recognise the importance of account security, new research claims. According to online security firm Eset, more than two-thirds (68%) of UK social media users have taken steps to improve the privacy settings on their various accounts, including changing to a stronger password and not using the same password across multiple accounts. Among a range of high-profile breaches, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter founder Jack Dorsey have both had social media accounts compromised this year.
Mark James, security specialist at Eset said: “The findings from our study show that UK social media users are finally waking up to the dangers that exist online, and the fact that there are people out there who are specifically looking to compromise their data.
“Data is the currency of the 21st century and cybercriminals are constantly looking at new ways to get their hands on it. However, as consumers become more privacy conscious, this becomes a more difficult job for hackers, which, in my opinion, can only be a good thing.”
75% of those surveyed said they believed privacy on social media was more important than popularity, while 81% said they did not use passwords that were related to their personal lives, such as birthdays or anniversary dates. The research also highlighted a divide between men and women, with women found to be alert to the importance of privacy – only 29% had never taken steps to use different passwords on different accounts, compared to more than a third (36%) of men.
“While the results of our study show that many people are beginning to take privacy more seriously, we cannot overlook the fact that there are still a number of people out there getting it wrong, who could therefore be putting themselves at risk,” Mr James said.
“My advice to them would be start improving your online privacy and security now, before it is too late.
This includes taking simple steps like ensuring you use a different password for all your online accounts and updating the privacy settings on the social media accounts you use so photos and posts are not public.”
‘Brutish’ bouncers allegedly beat up a pair of “mouthy” young guys after chasing them down the street.
Two men in suits are seen pinning a screaming man to the ground outside a Kent1 nightclub before punching and kicking him. The alleged attack started when two half-naked lads in their 20s were seen shouting and smashing bottles outside a Kent club on Saturday night. An eyewitness saw a boy smash a bottle on the ground at around 11.30pm before the bouncers allegedly chased the two boys down the street.
In the shocking footage filmed in Rochester, a man can be heard saying “I will knock you into next week you ****”.
An altercation took place outside a club late at night
Sam Beck, 32, from Chatham, Kent, was out with friends when he spotted the alleged attack and started filming. He said: “I was out with a group of mates and we were walking down the high street when two boys with no shirts on were shouting and screaming at some bouncers.
“One of the boys was bleeding from the mouth and then he smashed a bottle on the ground in frustration.”
It spilled out into the street and bystanders couldn’t help but see what happened
In the video police sirens and lights can be seen – but after cops turned up and the alleged violence is claimed to have stopped, nobody was arrested
Sam, who said he spoke to the two alleged victims afterwards, claims they were brothers visiting Rochester to watch a football game. He added: “When the police turned up the bouncers walked away, nobody was arrested, I was surprised.
“It was brutal to watch, the guy being beaten up in the video said he and his brother had come down to watch the football match between Charlton and Gillingham.”
A Kent Police spokesperson said: “Kent Police is aware of a video circulating on social media regarding an incident in Rochester High Street, believed to have taken place on October 22.
“The incident has not been reported to police but officers are reviewing the footage and will conduct initial enquires.”
- Bouncers were filmed beating up a ‘mouthy’ reveller outside a nightclub
- The shirtless party-goer and his friend allegedly shouted at the doormen
- One doorman is heard saying: ‘I will knock you into next week you ****’
Bouncers were caught on camera as they beat up a ‘mouthy’ shirtless party-goer outside a nightclub. The doormen allegedly chased down the reveller and his friend after they started shouting and swearing outside a night spot in Rochester, Kent, on Saturday night. Some of the bouncers were seen punching and kicking the man as others stood watching. One can be heard saying: ‘I will knock you into next week you ****’.
The shocking scene was filmed by Sam Beck, 32, from Chatham, Kent. Mr Beck said: ‘The two boys were being mouthy but the bouncers were over the top. You could hear the guy screaming as they beat him up and kicked him.’
Mr Beck said he saw the shirtless revellers shouting at bouncers at around 11.30pm. The men are understood to have travelled to the area for a football match.
One was bleeding from the mouth and smashed a glass bottle on the pavement in frustration, Mr Beck said. He said: ‘A bouncer said to one boy, ‘I’ve given you a hiding already and I can give you another one if you like?’
The bouncers are seen apparently beating up a shirtless reveller in Rochester, Kent
The shocking scene was filmed by another clubber, who said the shirtless men were ‘mouthy’
‘Two of the bouncers looked at each other and said they were going to get them and then four others joined in.
‘They started punching them both to the ground but they beat up one kid really badly.
‘They were kicking him on the ground and when I spoke to the guy after he said his ribs were in a lot of pain.’
One bouncer is believed to be heard saying: ‘I will knock you into next week you ****’
The bouncers, pictured in all black, were eventually pulled off the men by passers-by
The bouncers were eventually pulled off the men by passers-by. Police sirens can be heard in the video but the incident was not officially reported.
A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘Kent Police is aware of a video circulating on social media regarding an incident in Rochester High Street, believed to have taken place on October 22.
‘The incident has not been reported to police but officers are reviewing the footage and will conduct initial enquires.’
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