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Google study exposes lack of basic online security skills

Experts say software update is the best way to stay protected online.

By CBR Staff Writer

Around 35% of security experts find installing software updates as one of their preferred security practises, whereas only 2% of non-experts found the process to be safe.

The gap in awareness about online security practises were revealed in a new paper by Google titled, "…no one can hack my mind": Comparing Expert and Non-Expert Security Practices."

It also revealed that only 24% of non-experts used password managers to protect some of their account, while 73% of experts acknowledged using the new age technique to protect their vital passwords.

One expert said: "Password managers change the whole calculus because they make it possible to have both strong and unique passwords."

Around 42% of non-experts confessed that running antivirus software was a part of their top three priorities when it comes to protecting data safe online, but only 7% of experts found antivirus software to be their priority, saying that it was not bulletproof.

According to Google, the study found out the fundamental misunderstandings about basic online security practices.

The software giant even termed software updates as seatbelts of online security, which keeps the device and data safe, but non-experts trust antivirus software and mistakenly worry about running into a security risk due to software updates.

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