In an effort to measure consumer concerns in four key areas -- Internet, personal safety, national, financial -- Unisys conducts two surveys a year to build its Security Index. Meant to "assist companies and governments to better interpret the implications of broad political, economical and societal forces on consumer perceptions, concerns and needs in different regions," the Security Index has been around since 2007 and includes opinions from consumers not just in the United States, but also Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and several other countries.
Unisys boiled down all of the data from the most recent Security Index to build out this infographic of security concerns of consumers just in America. Americans today are more concerned about their personal security than ever before, Unisys found.
Infographics are always a bit of a hodgepodge of statistics culled from a variety of sources. Here, we sort through the clutter and pull out some of our favorite facts and figures:
- 70 percent of those surveyed by Unisys admitted concerns about their personal information, which is unsurprising given continued backlash against Facebook and other large social networks and their tendency to nudge users into adopting more transparent privacy settings.
- 61 percent of federal IT managers say there is a "high" threat of cyber attack sometime in the next year.
- Online spending is growing, and reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010.
- Nevada, New Mexico and Louisiana are the top three most dangerous states.
- Americans are conflicted about whether WikiLeaks is good or bad, but not about the ability to stop similar data leaks. 66 percent of those surveyed called for WikiLeaks to be shut down, while 52 percent said the service was good for transparency.
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