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Password Reuse Remains a Barrier To Safer Internet Use #SaferInternetDay

Tuesday Feb 5th 2019 by Sean Michael Kerner

eWEEK: In support of Safer Internet Day, Google conducted research to gain insight into behavior that might be putting users at risk, with password issues being a primary concern.

The Internet by default is not always safe, which is why Safer Internet Day on Feb. 5 exists, as a day to help educate and remind users about the steps that can be taken to help reduce cybersecurity risks.

But what are the unsafe things that users are doing online? Google conducted a study along with Harris Poll of 3,000 Americans over the age of 16, to try and gauge the current state of safe, or in many cases unsafe, internet usage. Among the key findings in the study is that there is a clear gap between user perception and reality for cybersecurity. 69 percent of respondents rated themselves highly for how they protect their accounts, even though the responses to other questions in the poll would seem to indicate otherwise.

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