Cybersecurity topic awareness among U.S. adults 2016

Knowledge of various cybersecurity topics among adults in the United States as of June 2016

by J. Clement, last edited Jun 19, 2018
Cybersecurity topic awareness among U.S. adults 2016 The statistic shows the awareness of various cybersecurity topics among adults in the United States as of June 2016. At that time, among respondents asked to identify an example of multi-factor authentication (MFA) from a set of images only 10 percent of respondents correctly identified the sole example of MFA, 18 percent were unsure, and 71 percent selected an incorrect image.
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Knowledge of various cybersecurity topics among adults in the United States as of June 2016

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Question askedIncorrectCorrectNot sure
Can identify most secure password (from a list of four options)8%75%17%
Public Wi-Fi (even if password protected) is not always safe for sensitive activities7%73%20%
Can identify a "phishing" attack (set of descriptions)21%54%24%
Turning off smartphone GPS function does not prevent all location tracking22%52%26%
Americans can legally obtain one free credit report yearly from each of the three credit bureaus21%49%30%
Ransomware involves criminals encrypting and holding users' data hostage until paid9%48%43%
Email is not encrypted by default10%46%43%
Wi-Fi traffic is not encrypted by default on all wireless routers11%45%44%
Browser programs' "private browsing" mode does not prevent ISPs from monitoring subscribers online activity12%39%49%
https:// in a URL means that information entered into the site is encrypted12%33%54%
A botnet is a networked set of computers used for criminal purposes10%16%73%
A VPN minimizes the risk of using insecure Wi-Fi networks16%13%70%
Can identify only example of multi-factor authentication screen (set of images)71%10%18%
Question askedIncorrectCorrectNot sure
Can identify most secure password (from a list of four options)8%75%17%
Public Wi-Fi (even if password protected) is not always safe for sensitive activities7%73%20%
Can identify a "phishing" attack (set of descriptions)21%54%24%
Turning off smartphone GPS function does not prevent all location tracking22%52%26%
Americans can legally obtain one free credit report yearly from each of the three credit bureaus21%49%30%
Ransomware involves criminals encrypting and holding users' data hostage until paid9%48%43%
Email is not encrypted by default10%46%43%
Wi-Fi traffic is not encrypted by default on all wireless routers11%45%44%
Browser programs' "private browsing" mode does not prevent ISPs from monitoring subscribers online activity12%39%49%
https:// in a URL means that information entered into the site is encrypted12%33%54%
A botnet is a networked set of computers used for criminal purposes10%16%73%
A VPN minimizes the risk of using insecure Wi-Fi networks16%13%70%
Can identify only example of multi-factor authentication screen (set of images)71%10%18%
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by J. Clement, last edited Jun 19, 2018
The statistic shows the awareness of various cybersecurity topics among adults in the United States as of June 2016. At that time, among respondents asked to identify an example of multi-factor authentication (MFA) from a set of images only 10 percent of respondents correctly identified the sole example of MFA, 18 percent were unsure, and 71 percent selected an incorrect image.
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