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New polls: Most people ignored Heartbleed

New polls: Most people ignored Heartbleed
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Buckle up. The Heartbleed saga isn't over just yet.

Confused about what the Heartbleed bug is? Click here for all the details surrounding one of the biggest and scariest bugs out there.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center shows that only 39 percent of Internet users changed their passwords following news of the bug. Meanwhile, only 29 percent of respondents thought that their information was vulnerable and 6 percent believe their information was stolen.


Other notable findings from the study include:

  • "60% of the public had heard at least a little about Heartbleed, including 64% of internet users had.  Some 19% of adults said they had heard 'a lot' about Heartbleed and another 41% said they had heard 'a little.'"
  • "About half (46%) say they think their information is 'somewhat secure.' Some 23% believe their information is 'very secure,' and 26% say it is 'not too secure' or 'not at all secure.'"
  •  "77% of those with college educations were aware of Heartbleed, along with 75% of those living in households earning $75,000 or more."
  • "Some 29% of all internet users said they believed their online information was put at risk by Heartbleed. That amounts to 45% of the internet users who had heard of Heartbleed who said they felt vulnerable."
  • "Those who are relatively upscale were more likely to feel their information was put at risk:  38percent of online Americans with college or graduate degrees said they thought their information was put at risk, compared with 23percent of internet users with a high school diploma or less. Among other reasons, this likely happened because those with higher education were also more likely to have heard a lot about Heartbleed."

Did you ignore the Heartbleed bug too?  Click here to learn the steps you need to take to keep your information safe from this super bug. 

Source: Pew Research Internet Project


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