Cyber Attacks on US Elections 2016 made online Americans Super Cautious

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The news of Russians influencing the US Polls 2016 through cyber attacks has influenced Americans using web services in such a way that they have turned super cautious while making an online presence.

As per a Reuters/IPSOS opinion survey, 40% of Americans made personal changes to how they interact online following the email hack reports during the 2016 US Presidential campaign.

Among those who participated in the survey, 45% of them said that they have changed their online passwords since the hacks.

The same percentage of them admitted that they have changed the way of writing critical info in emails and related correspondence.

Five percent of adults said they had begun using secure messaging services like Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, and Wickr.

The most amusing part of this survey was the response given by 60 % of respondents who said that they were not at all convinced with the saying of service providers who claim to be the most secure in the world. They said that all the services are showing fake reports saying that their platforms are unbreakable, whereas the fact is that US law enforcement agencies such as CIA can intercept their services at any moment and time.

Some 16 percent of them admitted that they have placed a tape over the microphone and camera of their computers in a bid to block unwanted espionage. And those who have indulged in such activity include Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg and FBI Director James Comey.

The Reuters/IPSOS poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states and included 3,307 American adults.

More details on the survey will be updated shortly!

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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