Americans aren’t doing enough to protect their privacy online

first_img 44SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Nearly every American consumer (98%) believes they are creating safe passwords, but a recent study shows that only 6% are actually doing so.The study by Avast, a company specializing in PC and mobile security, is surprising since 69% of respondents say having others access their personal information is one of their biggest fears. In fact, the research found 74% of Americans would rather have their nude photos leaked than personal banking information, yet fewer people lock their banking apps than their photo apps.The survey of 6,800 consumers found the average length of a password is only eight characters and only 4.7% of consumers use special characters in their passwords. 95% of passwords contain only letters or numbers.Websites are making it much too easy to create these weak passwords. Of the top 20 most-visited websites in the United States, 17 do not require passwords to use a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers and special characters. Twelve of these websites accept passwords with as few as six characters, and two even allow passwords of less than six characters. continue reading »last_img

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