Do you feel safe online? | Our illusion of security

Recently a survey was performed on 50 UK students on how safe they felt online. This survey pulled a significant amount of attention with students happy to boast how safe they felt online. The question asked was a simple one, being: “Do you feel safe online?”

The results were correlated from ‘1’ (being feeling not safe at all) to 7 (feeling absolutely secure online). After the results were pooled the highest number polled was 6 (feeling moderately safe) with 32% of users selecting that choice. The average of these results was the choice of 5 (this breaking even between feeling safe and not feeling safe). For a breakdown of these results see below:

The summary here is not “why doesn’t everyone feel this secure” but instead is, are these 44% of people (being the ones that selected above the average) under the illusion of a false sense of security?

It seems that each week a new company’s data is being disclosed. In October 2013, 153 million Adobe accounts were breached with data leakage ranging from poorly encrypted passwords to email addresses. In January 2014 Snapchat had 4.6 million usernames and phone number exposed. In March 2015, the web hosting provider 000webhost suffered a major data breach that exposed over 13 million customer records.

With all of these data breaches is it viable to feel this secure online?

 

Referenced Material: haveibeenpwned.com
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James Stevenson

Im a Cyber Security enthusiast that loves all things to do with technology. I'm specifically interested in cyber security and ethical hacking.

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