October 14, 2014 1:29 am
"The hackings of Home Depot, Target, and other large retailers may be lulling Americans into thinking that it's big corporations that are rogue operators' prime targets, but that's a mistake," said Adam Benson, Deputy Executive Director of the Digital Citizens Alliance. "Hackers want personal data - credit card numbers, passwords, Social Security numbers. They'll look for open windows - and the online behavior we see reflected in this survey tells us that millions of Americans are leaving the windows open, the doors unlocked, and even giving some hackers the key to get in."
Some of the major findings from the poll include:
- Nearly one-third of Americans don't change their passwords enough, going as long as a year without updating them.
- More than one-third use public WiFi that doesn't require a password.
- Sixteen percent said that using two-factor authentication (which requires the user to have two types of credentials before being able to access an account) makes signing on too much of a burden, while another 23 percent didn't know what two-factor authentication is.
- Sixty-two percent said they didn't always check or weren't sure if their downloaded movies, music, games, or books were legally authorized.
- More than 35 percent of all Americans like, follow and connect with people they barely know or don't know on social media. While that can often be with a celebrity or influential figure, in some cases, people might be connecting with someone more interested in your habits than they are in your safety.
Published with permission from RISMedia.