When it comes to two-factor authentication and secure web browsing, most Americans don’t know their HTTPS from their 2FA to save their digital bacon: A Pew Research Center study found most Americans don’t have a firm grasp of cybersecurity issues core to protecting their data. Click to enlarge. In a survey of 4,272 respondents, a majority of participants struggled to understand basic digital privacy concepts, such as private browsing mode. According to the study, 49 percent of respondents were unsure what private browsing does, and only 24 percent knew it that it hides browser history from other users of the same computer, not from employers and other stakeholders. “This survey consisted of 10 questions designed to test Americans’ knowledge of a range of digital topics, such as cybersecurity or the business side of social-media companies,” wrote Emily Vogels and Monica Anderson, co-authors of the report. Only 2 percent of respondents got all 10 questions correct, and only a fifth (20 percent) answered seven or more questions correctly. The median number of correct answers was four, according the study. A concept more familiar to survey participants was phishing. A total of 67 percent of respondents correctly stated phishing scams can appear in emails, websites, social media and text messages. Cookies were also correctly identified by participants, with 63 percent correctly understanding they were used by websites to track user visits. Still others were shaky (not sure)…
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