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BizReport : Internet : November 17, 2014

Study: 1 in 3 people aren't secure online

Many American's aren't as secured as they imagined in the online space. That according to new data out from Tresorit which indicates about one-third haven't taken the necessary steps to ensure their personal data - including social security numbers and credit cards - is protected.

by Kristina Knight

When it comes to online security many Americans are in the dark. That's the takeaway from new Tresorit data which indicates many American's are doing only the minimum and/or have don't nothing to change how they interact online now from how they acted a few years ago. It isn't just at home, either. Most (51%) aren't certain if their employers are securing their information, either; about one-third (32%) believe their employers are protecting their information.

"Today, most companies struggle to effectively balance securing data while still enabling seamless collaboration amongst employees," said Istvan Lam, CEO of Tresorit. "Small and medium size business owners have enough to deal with outside of mounting security risks associated with digitally exchanged information. But survey results indicate a 'knowledge gap' exists - while employees might want to stay safe, they don't know where to start. Businesses haven't yet done enough to adequately educate their workforces or to find security technologies that serve as intuitive and effective solutions."

Other interesting findings from the report include:

• 24% say at work, security measures have decreased their effectiveness
• 37% of Americans 'don't know' if data encryption helps make their information secure
• 38% believe any encryptions can be broken
• 40% have created stronger passwords
• 26% have different passwords for separate accounts

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Tags: internet security, online security, Tresorit

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