In a recent survey by CBOS 91% of Poles were recorded as believing the way they make use of the internet is safe. Of the remainder, 5% consider it a moderate risk.The believers include some who make publicly visible their email address, name, pictures with their face, date of birth, marital and relationship status, interests, groups, religion, home address, and present location.
The most widely exposed information to full public view at 24% is photographs with face, followed by date of birth (15%), email address (13%), then marital status (12%).
The least widely exposed information for full public scrutiny is videos with visible faces (3%), then phone number (4%), home address (6%) and job / career details (7%).
Many Poles expose a lot more to known or controlled groups, such as friends or work colleagues, for example 50% exposing their email address.
The full table can be seen here on the CBOS website, in Polish.
The survey questions Polish attitudes to online safety, stating in the survey abstract:
With the development of the Internet, particularly social networking sites, more and more data on people is available on the Web and, significantly, most people put it there themselves on a voluntary basis. They supply information to be used not only by government agencies, such as the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), which, a few years ago, was exposed to the world by Edward Snowden, by companies which can obtain information about current or potential clients, but also by individuals or groups whose activities may pose a direct threat to the safety of Internet users.
Complete decliners with no social media information divulged, make up 20% of respondents. 40% make info visible only to known groups, and 40% with some unlimited access data.
Grouped by age, the most likely to post public information are generally younger, the 18-24 and 25-34 year groups making most information public, with 35-64 year olds defaulting to a limited audience.
Other key points to take away:
- 41% of respondents have had a computer virus, 32% more than once
- 37% had problems from false information, 35% more than once
- 80% have been offended by someone online
- 9% have met someone online who turned out to be someone else (catfish)
- 8% have been a victim of an internet scam
- 75% regularly install software updates on their devices
- 90% have an antivirus installed, and 54% have a firewall
- The survey was carried out in July this year on 1044 adults
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