Poll: personal vulnerabilities online

In this poll:

This Washington Post poll was conducted by telephone May 17-20, 2012, among a random national sample of 1,004 adults, including 740 Internet users, landline and cell phone-only respondents. Results for the full sample have a 3.5 point error margin, and four points for results among Internet users.

Poll Questions

Q: (Among internet users) When you set up passwords online, do you always use the same password, or do you happen to use different passwords?

No opinion

Q: (Among those who use different passwords) Do you ever use the same password for different websites, such as banking, social networking and shopping?

No opinion

Q: (Among internet users) In general, do you use online passwords that are (easy for you to remember) or ones that are (complex and would be hard for someone to guess)?

No opinion

Q: (Among internet users) Overall, how confident are you that you can keep things like computer viruses, spyware and adware off of your home computer when you want to?

Q: (Among internet users) How much do you ever worry that your email will be read by someone besides the person you sent it to?

Q: (Among internet users) How much do you ever worry that someone might know what Web sites you’ve visited?

Q: (Among internet users) How much do you ever worry that you’ll get a computer virus when you download information?

Q: (Among internet users) How much do you ever worry that someone will access your bank or credit card account?

Q: (Among internet users) Do you ever access the Internet wirelessly using ‘Wi-Fi’ on a laptop, tablet or smartphone?

No opinion

Q: (Among Wi-Fi users) How often do you use public wireless ‘hotspots’ – very often, sometimes, rarely or never?

Q: (Among all WiFi users) When you use public wireless networks, do you take special security precautions, or not?

Q: (Among Wi-Fi users who take precautions) In your own words, what kind of precautions do you take?

Q: (Among internet users) How often, if ever, do you post personal information about yourself on Facebook or other social media sites?

Q: (Among internet users) How often, if ever, do you post your travel plans on Facebook or other social media sites?

Q: (Among internet users) How often, if ever, do you post detailed information about your friends on Facebook or other social media sites?

 
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