Mass Security Breaches Finally Encourage Brits to Panic About Security

By Gary Cutlack on at

Research into the security manners of the UK's internet population seems to suggest we're finally getting the message about not putting every single fact about ourselves into various profiles and accounts, with well over two thirds of the population now worrying about how much private stuff is leaking into the public domain.

The stats come from a YouGov survey, which says 72 per cent of people "are concerned about their private information being accessed without their permission," whether that's from long forgotten files and pictures being accessed or our emails leaking through hacks and people printing them out and taping them to local lampposts.

The survey was carried out on behalf of a cloud security company, which says 32 per cent of people asked would happily pay for a security option that delivered actual real results. Four per cent of people said they'd happily pay £10 a month for such "security" online, which is quite a price to pay for simply not blabbing about everything every time someone puts an empty text box in front of your face.

70 per cent of people admitted to sharing personal details online when signing up for services, although the pollsters admitted it's verging on the impossible to exist online as a modern human without giving out dates of birth, addresses and more.

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