When I was researching about fraud awareness in relation to the course subject of the last week, I found a survey result that is related to Americans experiences about cyber security issues. The analysis in this report is based on a Pew Research Center survey conducted from March 30 to May 3, 2016, among a national sample of 1,040 adults, 18 years of age or older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Although the results of the survey are not enough to generalize Americans behavior, it might give us a good idea about habits and attitudes of Americans to cybersecurity.
According to report; Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives.
Among the key findings:
- 41% of Americans have encountered fraudulent charges on their credit cards
- 35% have received notices that some type of sensitive information (like an account number) had been compromised
- 16% say that someone has taken over their email accounts, and 13% say someone has taken over one of their social media accounts
- 15% have received notices that their Social Security number had been compromised
- 14% say that someone has attempted to take out loans or lines of credit in their name
- 6% say that someone has impersonated them in order to file fraudulent tax returns.
There are other interesting results are published in this report. If you have a more time please go to the report and take a quick look at.
In brief; this survey finds that a majority of Americans have directly experienced some form of data theft or fraud, that a sizeable share of the public thinks that their personal data have become less secure in recent years, and that many lack confidence in various institutions to keep their personal data safe from misuse. In addition, many Americans are failing to follow digital security best practices in their own personal lives, and a substantial majority expects that major cyberattacks will be a fact of life in the future.