Following a first survey from December 2016, ReportLinker conducted a new research on cybersecurity to find out if opinions and attitudes towards this threat have shifted since last year.
Many Americans don’t feel they personally are at much risk of a cyberattack, they are however a large majority to think cyberattacks are becoming more a threat now.
When it’s time to choose a password, many of us will devise something easy to remember. We may pick an anniversary date or mash up the initials and years of several family members. But some may not even get that creative.
Despite all the warnings from IT security experts, the two most popular passwords people use to secure their digital devices and accounts are “123456” and “password.” As the magic keys to digital doors, passwords are the weakest link in cybersecurity, according to Michael Chertoff, former head of the US Department of Homeland Security.
That’s why it’s so surprising to find these two passwords —for the fifth straight year— at the top of the list. But perhaps there’s an explanation: Many Americans don’t feel they personally are at much risk of a cyberattack. In a new ReportLinker survey on cybersecurity, 54% say they feel their data is safe from hackers, even as a large majority (82%) agree cyberattacks are more of a threat now than they were five years ago.
Key findings of the survey show that:
- 59% of people say laptops are the most vulnerable devices
- Followed by smartphones (25%) and smart devices (9%)
- 54% of Americans say they feel their data is safe from hackers
- Even though 82% agree cyber-attacks are more of a threat now than they were five years ago
- As a result, 78% of people admit using encryption or privacy tools on their connected devices
Who is the target?
- The first target mentioned are the individuals (47%),
- followed by the corporate world (35%).
- Last year, 36% of people believed hackers mostly target the government,
- today only 17% believe so.
To see all the survey results click here.Source: reportlinker.com