By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Oct 28, 2010
More than 60 percent of Americans say if a major cyberattack were to
occur on the Internet, the president should have the capability to shut
down parts of the network, according to a new survey.
Around 80 percent of Americans also say they are limiting access to
their personal information and using privacy settings on Facebook and
other social media, and 73 percent are keeping their antivirus
up-to-date. But they are less vigilant about their mobile devices, with
only 37 percent password-protecting these devices, according to Unisys'
Security Index survey for the second half of 2010, released this week.
And about 46 percent of these users regularly update and use strong
passwords for their desktop machines.
"With only 37 percent using passwords on mobile devices, it's probably
because people are looking for convenience," says Patricia Titus, vice
president and chief information security officer at Unisys. "People are
not applying the same security practices to mobile devices as they do to
PCs and laptops. And in some instances, these [mobile devices] are more
As for the "kill switch" support, Titus says respondents could be
interpreting what that might entail in different ways. "They might not
be thinking about what the implications would mean .. they might be
thinking of him blocking a particular country [or attackers]," she says.
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