New Research Reveals Our Worst Digital Habits

The National Privacy Test by NordVPN, which was taken by more than 48,000 respondents from 192 countries, has shown that people around the globe have good theoretical knowledge of cyber protection. However, according to the same study, it seems they don’t put it into practise, as their digital habits fall below the average. Privacy awareness had a score of 72.2%, while digital habits scored only 47.1%.
“Cybersecurity is a very important part of our lives, especially now that we have been forced into a remote environment. It should be our top priority when doing all sorts of online activities like working, studying, and shopping. Unfortunately, people don’t practise what they preach, as the number of people affected by cyberattacks has been increasing year by year,” says Oliver Noble, a cybersecurity expert at NordLocker, a data protection tool.
Bad habits
A worrying 41.9% of respondents of the National Privacy Test claim they proceed without reading Privacy Policies and Terms and Conditions when signing up for a service or a product, or are not sure if they do. Blindly accepting everything you’re offered and unknowingly giving away personal information may result in its abuse.
Also, 37.2% of those who took the test say they either postpone software updates or ignore the message altogether when an app prompts them with one. “It’s been estimated that, on average, there are one to four updates per app per month. Ignoring them for a while might leave you with poorer app efficiency, less features, and unfixed bugs,” Oliver Noble explains. 
To stay private online, 46.2% of respondents use incognito mode on their browser, while 49% clear their browsing history. Unfortunately, these actions may help hide the browsing history from a flatmate, but they don’t ensure digital privacy.
Simple tricks to improve online privacy and security
Source: NordLocker