More than half of Americans (55%) surveyed in a new NordVPN study say they would choose to delete themselves from the internet if they could.
To compile its study, the VPN maker commissioned market research firm Propeller Insights to survey 1,002 US consumers aged 18 and older in December last year.
As for why respondents would choose to delete themselves from the internet if possible, 47% said they did not trust the internet, 46% said they had no reason to have their name on the internet and 42% said they were afraid to do so. possibly be hacked. Surprisingly, 18% of respondents said they wished there was no internet, while 8% said they didn’t use the internet at all.
When it comes to the type of information about themselves that respondents want permanently removed from the internet, 6 in 10 Americans said they want their personal financial information removed from the web. However, other information Americans want removed from the internet includes embarrassing moments (26%), old dating or social media profiles (26%), unflattering photos and videos (24%) and their work history. (23%).
Pay for anonymity
In our increasingly connected world, being truly anonymous is getting harder and harder to do, although NordVPN’s survey also revealed that some users would pay a lot of money to be anonymous online.
Of those surveyed, 31% said they would pay up to $100, 12% would pay between $101 and $500 and 8% would pay between $500 and $1000 and 3% would pay more than $1000 to be anonymous online.
Although you can’t pay to be anonymous online, a VPN can prevent others from knowing your IP address and real location, while an anonymous browser can help you avoid being tracked on the sites you visit. on the Web. When it comes to your personal data, using a password generator or password manager to create and store strong, unique passwords can help keep your social media and other accounts safe. line against pirates.
In a press release, NordVPN digital privacy expert Daniel Markuson provided additional information on steps you can take to feel safer online, saying:
“While we may hope to remove some things about ourselves online, only better online habits can help people feel more secure when they are on the Internet. The use of more sophisticated passwords, d Reliable cybersecurity tools (such as VPN, antivirus, and password manager) and practicing general threat awareness will help people protect their most valuable information online for years to come.