What People Fear the Most About Technology

By Dennis McCafferty
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    22% of Americans fear having their email hacked.

Technology can be scary. For proof, look no further than the following six biggest fears about our gadgets, apps and cyber-space, compiled by Modis, an IT staffing firm. Some of these fears are plucked right from the headlines and include the emergence of phishing scams, massive viruses and intentional leaks. Others, however, speak to the combination of our ever-busy lives and the sheer dependence we have on technology to get through it all. If the unthinkable happened—the loss of a mobile device and/or the critical data within it—the survey reveals how much we're willing to pay to get everything back. (You might be surprised at how many people wouldn't cough up a penny.) The findings also shed light on what Americans value most in terms of their online privacy, with nearly six out of 10 respondents saying that their digital banking information is what they would least like to see made public. The under-35 crowd (at 13 percent) is considerably more nervous about photos and videos from the past getting out than those who are 55 or older (less than 3 percent). More than 1,000 Americans took part in the research, which was conducted by Caravan Survey.

This article was originally published on 2013-11-19
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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