Half of Americans Discouraged from Purchasing “Internet of Things” Devices Due to Cybersecurity Concerns

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In support of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, IT security firm ESET in collaboration with the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) released a survey today that reveals Americans have real concerns about the security and privacy of connected devices and the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The survey measured people’s perspectives and concerns about cybersecurity as it relates to connected items in our lives, such as routers, webcams and IoT devices.

The survey titled “Our Increasingly Connected Digital Lives” reveals that more than 40 percent of Americans are not confident that IoT devices are safe and secure, with more than half of people indicating they were discouraged from purchasing an IoT device due to cybersecurity concerns.

With routers being the hub in the home that data flows through, the majority of people surveyed have not taken some basic precautions; only half of respondents indicated they had changed their home router password from its default setting. Twenty-nine percent of people had 4-7 devices connected to their home router (with an additional 15 percent not knowing how many devices were connected).

For the full survey results, methodology and the “Internet of Stranger Things” infographic, please click here.

About ESET:

Since 1987, ESET® has been developing award-winning security software that now helps over 100 million users to Enjoy Safer Technology. Its broad security product portfolio covers all popular platforms and provides businesses and consumers around the world with the perfect balance of performance and proactive protection. The company has a global sales network covering 180 countries, and regional offices in Bratislava, San Diego, Singapore and Buenos Aires. For more information visit www.eset.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About NCSA:

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) is the nation's leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and NCSA's Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; AT&T Services, Inc.; Bank of America; Barclays; BlackBerry Corporation; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Microsoft Corp.; NXP Semiconductors; PayPal; PKWARE; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; SANS Institute; Symantec and Visa Inc. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October), Data Privacy Day (January 28) and STOP. THINK. CONNECT.™, the global online safety awareness and education campaign cofounded by NCSA and the Anti Phishing Working Group, with federal government leadership from DHS. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about-us/overview/.  


Anna Keeve