How educated are Americans on the various cybersecurity topics?
The conclusion is, not enough. According to the results of a new Pew Research Center survey, 55% of Americans couldn’t identify what 2FA is. What is worse, just 30% of surveyed individuals knew what HTTPS is, correctly identifying that an HTTPS site is encrypted.
About one-quarter of Americans, or 24%, are aware that private browsing only hides browser history from other users of that computer, while 49% say they are unsure what private browsing does, the researchers wrote.
More about the Survey: 4,272 US Adults Took Part
Apparently, the survey consists of 10 questions on various digital topics, including cybersecurity and the business policy of social media. It is noteworthy that only 20$ of the participants answered seven or more questions correctly. The staggering 2% answered correctly to all 10 questions.
According to the survey, “americans’ knowledge of digital topics varies substantially by educational attainment as well as by age”, with adults with degrees scoring higher as well as individuals under 50 years of age:
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A total of 4,272 adults living in the United States took part in the survey, which was conducted in June, 2019.