Kaspersky’s More Connected Than Ever Before: How We Build Our Digital Comfort Zones report has found that 46% of respondents feel comfortable sharing streaming services with their housemates. However, a third (32%) are unsure about the safety of their accounts because they do not know about their housemates’ digital habits.
COVID-19 related restrictions and the necessity to stay indoors has influenced the way people approach digital services, making them more aware of how securely both they, and their housemates, use the internet. This can include deciding to use the same accounts for entertainment platforms across the entire household or discovering more about each other’s online behavior.
With this in mind, the research found that online services can bring people together and they are willing to share personal account information in order to offer mutual access to their housemates. In addition to sharing access to streaming platforms, a third (33%) say they share their online retail services, such as eBay or Amazon Prime, with their households.
Additionally, 30% admit to sharing their food delivery accounts, like Deliveroo, and their online gaming subscriptions (e.g. Xbox Live).
However, at the same time, not all respondents are sure how safe their housemates are when using the internet, and if this will impact their digital habits. For instance, 43% claimed that they are concerned about increased online activity through streaming services or gaming.
One-in-four (24%) people are anxious that their housemates’ digital habits will affect internet speeds and thus influence their online gaming performance.
Kaspersky offers the following advice to people who live in shared houses or apartments, to help them keep their devices protected:
- Do not click on links shared via unsolicited or suspicious emails. First, check if senders are authentic by seeing if you can visit an official website
- Do not share personal information or permit access to your accounts with third parties unless it is completely necessary. This will minimize the chances of it being found on the internet
- Use a robust security solution to generate and secure unique passwords for every account, and resist the temptation to reuse the same one over and over again
- Install a reliable security solution.
To help people during the pandemic, and beyond, Kaspersky has published advice on safely building a Digital Comfort Zone. For example, you can learn how to protect your digital life as well as how to safely share your online subscriptions.