A Pew Research Center study reveals people are not protecting their privacy online from one of their greatest fears
People feel like they have lost control of their privacy online. Ironically, to make it worse, they feel incapable of adequately securing themselves.
The study, released January this year, reveals people feel overwhelmed by their internet privacy fears. Cybersecurity appears unstable at even the highest levels. For instance, an example is the recent Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
1,040 American adults completed a survey during the spring of 2016. It gathered statistics about the habits and attitudes of the general American Population. Presently, 64% of Americans claim to have experienced data breaches online. As a consequence, online privacy fears are real.
Despite such a huge volume of people violated, very few take steps to prevent this. Between a quarter to nearly a half of people admitting to taking very lazy security measures. Regrettably, 41% of adults admitted to sharing their account passwords with friends and family.
Why are people experiencing such security fatigue?
People will spend thousands of dollars securing their homes and possessions. However online, they leave the door to their most private worlds open to anyone and anything.
Facebook Chief Security officer, Alex Stamos, suggests people are experiencing “security nihilism“. Regrettably, as well as “security warning fatigue” they also feel kept in the dark about how their security becomes breached.
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