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New Research Finds US Consumers Exposing Themselves to Cyber Threats

November 20, 2018

Hikvision Outlines Tips to Avoid Malware, Reduce Security Concerns

Hikvision Outlines Tips to Avoid Malware, Reduce Security Concerns

 

A recent article in Security magazine, “U.S. Citizens are Regularly Exposing Themselves to Cyber Threats, Despite Concerns,” covers new research from BestVPN.com. The company surveyed 1,000 U.S. consumers about the state of online privacy in 2018, and found that despite their fears, U.S. consumers are not taking precautions to avoid cyber threats.

From the article: “In light of the 2018 data breaches and revelations, consumers were asked to detail their cyber hygiene habits. Vulnerabilities revealed within the data include a significant distrust of social media platforms; 45 percent of consumers report feeling uncomfortable about using platforms which track and potentially sell their data. Despite the mistrust of corporations, a lack of understanding is evident with a substantial 46 percent of respondents not adjusting their privacy settings on social accounts in the wake of 2018 corporate cyber violations.”

Key findings in the report also include the following:

  • More than 85 percent of U.S. consumers were concerned about the privacy of their data online
  • Consumers expressed outrage about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data scandal, yet only 48 percent of respondents have checked to see if their data had been compromised in the last 12 months
  • Knowledge gaps are extensive, for example only 47 percent of respondents knew what a VPN was

Click here to read the entire article on Security magazine online and download a copy of the report.

Hikvision has outlined tips to avoid malware and reduce security concerns on its website. Click here for cybersecurity best practices and insights from Hikvision.

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