Ask most adult internet users some basic cybersecurity questions regarding best security practices, and what you'll find is a bit alarming.
By most standards when asked some basic security questions, the average user consistently fails the test.
Some of the important information Americans are lacking revolves around the use of wifi, password best practices and account monitoring.
According to most studies, more than half of American adult Internet users surveyed do not have online access to all of their bank accounts, and over 70 percent say they do not have online access to their credit card accounts. Half of users who set up online access to their banking accounts haven’t changed their passwords in the past three months, and 10 percent have never changed their online banking password.
Among those who access the Internet with a smartphone, one in four say they do not have a passcode on that phone. That number increases with users ages 50 and older.
Twenty-seven percent of users surveyed say they've used free public wifi to do their banking or purchase a product with a credit card in just the last three months. And, while 24 percent of Americans who access the Internet understand free public wifi is not safe, at least 37 percent continue use free public wifi on a regular basis.
Online activities are not the only ways users can lose control of their digital identities. Many surveys show that over 60 percent of respondents say that, in recent months, they have left a purse or wallet, checkbook, personal mail, cellphone or laptop on their cars, putting them at risk for both physical and identity theft.
Things to remember in order to reduce cybersecurity risks;
Never use free public WiFi
Create & monitor all your online accounts
Develop longer more sophisticated passwords, changing them periodically
Use a pass code for any portable device, whether a tablet or phone.
Don't leave electronic devices, wallets, checkbooks or personal mail in a vehicle.