Survey: Americans have shallow understanding of cybersecurity

SAN DIEGO — When it comes to cybersecurity, Americans recognize the need for strong passwords and know that public Wi-Fi hotspots aren’t necessarily safe for online banking or e-commerce.

 

But U.S. adults are not as good at recognizing email “phishing” schemes or determining if the website where they’re entering credit card information is encrypted.

 

That’s according to a new Pew Research Center survey titled “What the Public Knows about Cybersecurity.” It tallied responses from 1,055 adults last year about their understanding of concepts important to online safety and privacy.

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