Online and computer security activities of U.S. Millenial internet users as of September 2013

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Share of respondents
Read the privacy policy of an app before I downloaded it44%
Updated critical software, such as OS or browser44%
Un-friended someone41%
Deleted a post I had second thoughts about39%
Deleted a post or email that I thought was a phishing attempt**39%
Backed up the data on my laptop or desktop37%
Updated security software with the latest version for my computer34%
Searched my name on the internet32%
Did not download an app because of privacy considerations31%
Abandoned a purchase online because of security or privacy concerns31%
Backed up data on my mobile devices29%
Added PIN/password to a mobile device that did not have one28%
Added a security software program to a device that did not have one25%
Deleted an online account I no longer use25%
Asked someone to delete a post with information about me12%
Read an article or visited a website specifically to learn about online safety12%

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This statistic shows data in online and computer security activities of U.S. Millenial internet users. As of September 2013, 41 percent of respondents had un-friended someone during the past month.
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Release date
October 2013
United States
Survey time period
September 5 to September 9, 2013
Age group
18-26 years
Method of interview
Online survey
Supplementary notes
* in the past month ** Original wording: "Deleted a post or email that I thought was a fake attempt to get me to share personal information"
Multiple answers were possible.

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