A new report shows that while Canadians are concerned about cyber security, they are using more internet-connected devices.
The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) reports in its annual Internet Factbook that the number of Canadian households with five or more internet-connected devices has increased from 27 per cent in 2014, to 36 per cent in 2015 and to 46 per cent in 2016.
Canadians are big online users
Canadians are among the biggest online users in the world, according to a 2014 study by ComScore Canada. It calculated that Canadians visit an average of 80 sites and spend an average of 36.3 hours online every month. That was more than the next biggest users in the U.S., Italy and Great Britain.
The more recent CIRA study found that in 2015, 10 per cent of Canadians reported they accessed the internet most often from a smartphone. That number doubled in 2016.
Concerned about cyberattacks
Canadians like to watch videos on line, but three-quarters of internet users still have cable. Younger Canadians are more likely to stream online video. Thirty-eight per cent subscribe to Netflix.
At the same time 42 per cent are aware of recent cyberattacks and can name specific companies that have been hacked. And 67 per cent are concerned about cyberattacks against organizations that have access to their personal information.