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Modis Main Findings
BackgroundIT recuriting firm Modis polled 1,005 Americans to understand what technology disasters “scared” them the most and which information or content they were most afraid to have shared with the public.
- This report presents the findings of a telephone survey conducted among two national probability samples, which, when combined, consists of 1,005 adults, 504 men and 501 women 18 years of age and older, living in the continental United States.
- Interviews for this CARAVAN® Survey were conducted from October 10-13, 2013 -- 655 interviews were from the landline sample and 350 interviews from the cell phone sample. The margin of error for this study is +/- 3.1%.
Primary Fear: Email Hacking
Email hacking is Americans’ greatest technology-related fear.
- When asked which technology-related situation they find scariest, Americans cited having their personal or work email account hacked (22 percent) or losing all of the files or data on their computer (19 percent).
- They are also afraid of losing or forgetting passwords to important online accounts (15 percent), permanently losing all contacts in their mobile phone (15 percent), losing personal Internet access for a month (8 percent), spilling coffee or liquid on their keyboard (6 percent), and sending a text or email to the wrong person (4 percent).
Secondary fear: Release of banking information
Americans are most fearful of online banking information being publicized or leaked.
- More than half of Americans (58 percent) would be most afraid of their online banking information being publicized without their consent, compared to their photos/videos (7 percent), social media passwords (7 percent), text messages (5 percent), personal emails (5 percent), search or browser history (3 percent), and apps (1 percent).