Survey Finds Adults Concerned About Online Privacy and Security Engage in ‘Risky Behavior’

According to a new survey commissioned by Dashlane, three in five Internet users feel vulnerable to being hacked, but still engage in "risky behavior" online. The survey also found that 62 percent of online adults reuse the same password for more than one of their online accounts as well.

The survey, conducted online by Harris Interactive in June among 2,208 U.S. adults, revealed that the majority of online adults are not comfortable storing personal data online. Around 88 percent said that they are "somewhat concerned" that their personal online data is being used without their knowledge, and 59 percent indicating that they are "extremely concerned" about their personal data.

But despite indicating some or extreme levels of concern for online privacy and security, the survey found that 69 percent use the same passwords for more than one of their online accounts, half of respondents indicated that they do not change their online account passwords regularly, and 64 percent of them store their credit card information and other personal data on some websites for convenience.

It should be noted, for the record, that Dashlane runs a "proprietary technology" security service that allows its users to manage all their personal data using a PC or iOS application. That point aside, the lesson of this survey is that the best way to keep your accounts online – whether they are at Amazon.com or World of Warcraft – is to regularly change them and to avoid using the same passwords at more than one location… Common sense is the best approach, but if you lack it, then maybe a program like Dashlane is your only recourse.

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