Data generated by OnePoll from a survey of over 2000 general population Americans from April 28th to May 3rd 2022 on behalf of AT&T found that the average person happens upon a suspicious social media account or online site 6.5 times a day. It also found that 54% of consumers said that they were unaware of the difference between active and passive security threats, with the majority being reactive as opposed to proactive about password security.
Only one third of participants said that they were mindful of network intrusion and rogue mobile apps. It found that 36% of participants were more willing to reply to a message if it looks like it’s from an official organisation. Harrowing as 45% of respondents said that they had received a phone call from someone claiming to be from the government.
Josh Goodell, Vice President of Broadband Technology at AT&T, stated that “one way people can help mitigate their cybersecurity risks across the home is by using a VPN, or virtual private network, to encrypt their data and prevent potential hackers from tracking their online activity.”
“Combining your own proactive security habits with an internet service provider that offers security features such as identity monitoring, malicious site blocking and anti-virus scanning can help protect you against potential threats and provide peace of mind for your overall connected experience.”