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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).
Third fear: Teens are afraid of their videos being releasedYounger Americans are more likely to be concerned about photo and video leaks.
- In fact, 13 percent of those 18-34 are most afraid of having their photos or videos publicized without their consent, compared to 11 percent of 35-44 year olds, 3 percent of those ages 45-54, less than 1 percent of 55-64 year olds, and 2 percent of those over the age of 65.