About 50% of American users unsure about their cybersecurity, yet 60% don’t care about being hacked

27 January 2017

Latest studies unveiled that a very large portion of American Internet users report being hacked or compromised with their personal information stolen. The reports show that the number of those Americans unconfident in their cyber security is increasing in line with the trend to lose confidence in qualification and resources of dedicated organizations to ensure security of their private information against misappropriation and abuse.

The studies further reveal that as many as 41% of American customers faced illicit charges to their credit cards and 35% of customers had notifications about the loss or theft of some part of their private data, and 16% of respondents reported compromise of their email accounts and 13% suffered hack of their social media profiles.

At this rate about 50% of American consumers express doubt about safety of their confidential information. Meanwhile, 28% noted that the federal government is unlikely able to protect their data against the theft of perpetrators with 24% questioning the security of their information on social media websites. In opposition to this 12% of consumers expressed confidence in ability of such organization to protect their sensitive data.

Counterintuitively, a great number of American users neglect their digital security ignoring the need to take essential measures for self-protection. Just 12% of respondents acknowledged they constantly change their passwords, while in contrast 41% of adult users said they divulged their login credentials to some of their accounts to friends or relatives and 39% used the same password for all services.

However absurd it may seem, 60% of respondents admitted that probability of being hacked do not cause much concern.

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