More than half of U.S. adults responding to a Harris Poll Cybersecurity Survey conducted for the University of Phoenix are willing to overlook cybersecurity risks for the sake of convenience. In addition, 60 percent of respondents who have used unsecured, open Wi-Fi networks admit to not trusting them with the security of their data, but that the convenience outweighed the potential risks.
Additional findings from the respondents (aged at least 18) include:
- 80 percent connected to public Wi-Fi networks at least once a week.
- 61 percent used Internet devices such as cell phones, laptops and tablets on public networks daily.
- 39 percent trust public Wi-Fi.
- 26 percent strongly agree there is no real difference between secured and unsecured networks.
Additionally, 28 percent of 18-to-34-year-olds shopped regularly on unsecured networks, putting financial and personal information at even greater risk.