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    InformationWeek: Americans Maximize Social Network Security

    InformationWeek reports on results from the Unisys Security Index, a biannual study “by market research company Lieberman Research Group, which surveyed 10,575 consumers in 11 countries, including 1,000 in the United States.”

    Social networking users in the United States, more than any other country, limit the personal information they post, and set privacy settings to restrict who can view their information. […]

    In particular, 80% of social networking users in the United States said that they regularly limited their personal information, ahead of Brazil (79%), Germany (71%), Britain (67%), Netherlands (63%), Italy (60%), and Spain (52%). […]

    The survey also found that 61% of Americans believe that the president should have the authority to take control of, or shut down, portions of the Internet in response to a malicious cybersecurity attack launched by a foreign government.

    Looking at all countries studied, Brazil emerged as the country most concerned with overall security, while the Netherlands was least concerned. Across all 11 countries, meanwhile, consumers most worry, security-wise, about bank card fraud. […]

    But [Patricia Titus, global chief information security officer at Unisys] warned that consumers should address some of the security habits revealed by the survey. “It appears that not many people — only 37% — use a password on their mobile devices,” she said. “That indicates that mobile devices haven’t made the leap to the type of protection that we’re seeing on other types of devices, like workstations

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