Did you know that while three in five U.S. adults have said that they feel vulnerable to being hacked online, 69 percent of these same people reuse their password on more than one site?
Furthermore, 72 percent have said that they are concerned about their online data being used without their knowledge, but more than one-third (36 percent) store their personal information, such as credit card data, on certain websites for convenience.
You do the math.
We’ve seen a lot of security breaches across our favourite websites over the past 12 months – Twitter, LinkedIn, Google, Sony, Hotmail and Apple have all had heavily-publicized hacking incidents – and when you look at the statistics it’s pretty easy to see why: when it comes to online security, many people say all the right things, then go on to do the exact opposite.
There are many steps you can take to ensure your online experience is as secure as possible. Use strong and secure passwords (and a different one for every site). Never store passwords in your browser. Avoid accessing important accounts on open wifi networks and never, ever store credit card information on a third party website.
This infographic from Dashlane takes a closer look at a year of online security breaches.