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In recent months, the national debate between government and tech giants around the topic of encryption and backdoors into the technology has been heated. With this highly publicized debate playing out on the nightly news and presidential debates, it’s no surprise that a majority of survey respondents (42 percent) selected media coverage as the factor that most influenced their views on encryption, while 28 percent cited personal experience, 16 percent cited personal research, and 14 percent cited experience at work.
An overwhelming majority of respondents (95 percent) believe that their sensitive information should be encrypted online. But interestingly, to the question, have you ever used encryption, 43 percent answered no and 25 percent said they weren’t sure. Only 32 percent said yes, they had used encryption.
“As the debate regarding encryption and backdoors continues, it’s
interesting to see how the public perceives the technology – especially
with the amount of coverage it’s currently receiving in the media,” said
Frontdoors exist within encryption technology and enable businesses to comply with legal proceedings and government search warrants without weakening encryption algorithms for exploitation by hackers and criminals.
Additional findings from the survey include:
75 percent of respondents said they provide sensitive information
(credit card, address,
Social Securitynumber) when online for such tasks as shopping, banking or emailing
- When asked what adjective best describes encryption, 79 percent said “secure,” 16 percent said “complicated,” and 5 percent said “frightening”
- 88 percent of respondents said they believe their healthcare provider has taken the proper steps to protect their medical information, with 12 percent saying no
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