What the public knows about cybersecurity quiz

Most Americans don’t know much about Cybersecurity – And you?

I did the quiz. My score was 9 out of 10. With this result I belong to the top 4% – It’s not only about strong passwords…
A new Pew Research Center survey titled “What the Public Knows about Cybersecurity” tallied responses from more than thousand American adults last year about their understanding of concepts important to online safety and privacy. It shows that Americans are not as good as recognising Phishing mails or determining if the web site where they are entering credit card information is encrypted. We assume that other countries would not perform better.
Pew - Study: What the public knows about Cybersecurity
Only 54% of US internet users are able to identify examples of phishing attacks. Phishing remains a favourite trick for infecting computers with malware and to gain access to the computer. Americans’ understanding of E-Mail and Wi-Fi encryption is also rather mixed. Less than half of internet users are able to correctly identify that the statement “all email is encrypted by default” is false.
Private browsing not really private – Only 4 out of 10 internet users are aware that internet service providers (ISPs) are able to see the sites their customers are visiting while utilizing the “private browsing” mode on their internet browsers. And one-third (33%) are aware that the letter “s” in a URL beginning with “https://” indicates that the traffic on that site is encrypted!
Other findings in the Pew survey:
  • 75 % of participants are able to identify the most secure password from a list of four options.
  • 52 % of people know that turning off the GPS function on smartphones does not prevent tracking. Mobile phones can be tracked via cell towers / Wi-Fi networks.
  • 10 % were able to identify one example of multi-factor authentication when presented with four images of online login screens.

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