Despite frequent media reports highlighting the dangers about phishing scams and harmful viruses, nearly one in three Americans would be willing to risk downloading a harmful virus, spyware or other threat by visiting a potentially suspicious website or clicking on a link, according to a new national poll.
The Keep Internet Security Simple survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, revealed that 32 percent of the respondents said they would be tempted by a friend“™s link or posting on a social network, gaming websites, pornography sites, gossip websites and sites featuring a naked celebrity.
The survey, which polled more than 1,000 people, also showed that while Americans spend more time online than ever before, an overwhelming majority still values privacy. Nearly 80 percent said they want to keep the files or documents on their personal computers private from others, including their children (39 percent), parents (26 percent), spouse or significant other (17 percent), co-workers (48 percent), boss (42 percent), and friends (40 percent).
A major concern for most Americans is simplicity, according to the survey. For example, 80 percent said as they consider what gadgets they would like to receive for the upcoming holiday season, it is now equally or more important than in previous years that a technology or electronic device is easy to use. While most adults say computer software (71 percent) has become easier to use over the past five years, even more adults say the same about the Internet (83 percent), digital cameras (78 percent), or even cell/smartphones (80 percent).