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12/13/2017
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80% of Americans Admit to Risky Cybersecurity Behaviors

Nearly half of survey respondents use unsecured WiFi networks and a third open unsolicited email attachment, a report finds.

A majority of Americans acknowledge they engage in behavior that puts their cybersecurity at risk, a new report from Netsparker reveals.

Based on an online survey of 2,006 US adults, the 2017 Cybersecurity Survey finds 80% admit to risky cybersecurity practices that touch on a number of areas:

  • 40% use open, unsecured networks
  • 35% click on unfamiliar links on social media
  • 31% download third-party sourced files
  • 31% open unsolicited email attachments
  • 28% fail to install Web-based security software

Survey respondents' password protection practices are also lacking, the report finds. Thirty-four percent of respondents use the same password for all logins, while 58% admit to using fewer than four passwords for all of their online accounts.

Read more about the survey results here.   

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arkasafebox
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arkasafebox,
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12/20/2017 | 4:54:54 AM
Re: And the another 19% are either lying or don't know the difference?
i agree with you dear
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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12/18/2017 | 7:06:03 PM
And the another 19% are either lying or don't know the difference?
I'm particularly interested in this stat:

"28% fail to install Web-based security software"

Considering the success of a lot of faux antivirus software packages that are really malware, I suspect that number is potentially a lot higher. People think they're protected, and they're not.

I'd be interested, incidentally, to see the split between Mac users and non-Mac users -- considering the very false marketing propaganda of "Macs don't get viruses."
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REISEN1955,
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12/15/2017 | 9:02:16 AM
No surprise
Most Americans - and that includes MANAGEMENT for that matter - have zero idea of cyber-security risks and how to be infected.  Searching from THE GREAT GOD GOOGLE is always safe, right?   And yet bitcoin mining apps can run in the background of Yahoo without anybody knowing it.  True.  The belief that all attached PDF files are somehow safe? That seems still around (see State of North Carolina).  So while people admit to know knowing good behavior, they don't even know what bad behavior is.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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12/15/2017 | 9:02:13 AM
No surprise
Most Americans - and that includes MANAGEMENT for that matter - have zero idea of cyber-security risks and how to be infected.  Searching from THE GREAT GOD GOOGLE is always safe, right?   And yet bitcoin mining apps can run in the background of Yahoo without anybody knowing it.  True.  The belief that all attached PDF files are somehow safe? That seems still around (see State of North Carolina).  So while people admit to know knowing good behavior, they don't even know what bad behavior is.
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