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The Curious Attitude Many Americans Have Toward Digital Privacy

We talk a lot about digital privacy in this space, and we often assume that real Internet safety and security is a genuine priority for just about all thinking people. That, however, may not be the case. A global private network provider, HMA, in conjunction with Morar Consulting, recently conducted a study that found, in their words, that “while two thirds of respondents say they would like extra layers of online privacy and security, their actions prove otherwise.”

PrivacyThe study revealed that although 63 percent of respondents declared they had experienced issues with online security, and 67 percent said that they wanted more Internet privacy options available, that very few of those folks reported using any of the already-available tools to actually better safeguard themselves from online intrusions. For example, just 16 percent of respondents said they use browser plug-ins that increase privacy protection, while a whopping 4 percent use software that can allow a person to surf the web anonymously.

The culprit, it seems, is hassle, or, at least, perceived hassle. People just don’t seem to want be bothered to protect themselves, even as they say they want to be protected, and even as a multitude of mechanisms have come available for them to better enhance their online privacy.

So…are you serious about staying safe online, or are you one of the apparent many who pay only lip service to the desire to remain protected while going about their business on the Internet? If it is the former, a resource you may find helpful is an ebook called The Patriot Privacy Kit, which we have recommended previously. It provides a wealth of useful information on how to stay safe online, including how to secure your computer hardware and software platforms, how to be a good steward of your all-important passwords, how to use email more securely…even how to surf the web anonymously. This ebook also looks at what you need to know to be safe as a regular user of social media, including the ubiquitous Facebook, and also includes great information on how to secure your sensitive information offline (even in this “Internet age,” most ID theft still takes place that way, from the compromise of documents in a physical form). Something else - The Patriot Privacy Kit comes with a fantastic money-back guarantee, which means you can read and use the information through and through…and if you’re still not satisfied, you can get all of your money back, with no fuss. If you want to learn more about The Patriot Privacy KitClick Here.

 By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large