Despite three quarters of respondents worrying about their personal identity, job hunters are ignoring the government’s cyber security advice, placing themselves at increased risk of cyber-attacks as a result.

The study, which surveyed 2,000 members of the working population, discovered that just under a fifth (19 percent) of respondents had used the same password to register their CV online as the one they use for their personal email account. But, with emails being a gateway into personal data, the Government’s Cyber Aware campaign highlights the importance of having a strong and separate password for your email.

Furthermore, more than a quarter of respondents (28 percent) are re-using passwords across online accounts, which means that if they have one account’s security compromised, they risk opening up other accounts to hackers. Worryingly, the findings reveal that just over one in five (22 percent) respondents have already been hacked.

Job hunters including personal information

When it comes to job hunting specifically, of those surveyed, the majority are including important personal details on their CV which are not necessary, such as their address (79 percent) and date of birth (51 percent). The study also found that 16 percent of respondents will include their place of birth on their CV, while one in 10 (10 percent) will state their National Insurance number.

Interestingly, the survey found that respondents aged 18-24 were the least concerned about cyber security of all respondents: with only 42 percent stating that they were worried about information on their CV being stolen, vs 68 percent of 55-64 year olds.

This is an important area of cyber security because the recruitment process is increasingly conducted online. In fact, CV-Library alone has 4.3 million unique site visits per month, receives 3 million job application per month and 316,000 new and updated CV’s every month.