Opera Study: Americans Most Fearful About Online Government Monitoring
January 28, 2011 12:37 PM
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Americans are the most fearful of government monitoring online.
(Source: Opera Software ASA/YouGov)
Americans were quite confident their passwords were strong, though.
(Source: Opera Software ASA/YouGov)
Opera has approved a Web of Trust extension for its browser.
(Source: Opera Software ASA)
Study also shows men have slightly different browsing security tendencies than women
In honor of
Data Privacy Day 2011
, Norwegian browser-maker Opera Software ASA has released a security study [
]. The study offers some pretty humorous and intriguing statistics.
The study finds that more Americans worry about their
online privacy being violated
(25 percent) than going bankrupt (23 percent) or losing their job (22 percent).
Also Americans appeared to be the most
fearful of their government
. Of the three web-heavy nations studied -- the U.S., Japan, and Russia -- Americans were by far the most fearful of the government monitoring their online activities. Over 35 percent said they were the most worried about the government having too much insight into their online activities, versus only 14 percent in Russia and 7 percent in Japan.
Still, Americans appeared to be generally more confident than their security savvy than their foreign peers. The results show 61 percent of Americans surveyed believed
their passwords were very secure
, versus only ~50 percent and ~26 percent in Russia and Japan, respectively. Americans also deleted their web histories most often and were second only to the Russians in antivirus use percentage (79 percent in the U.S.).
Interestingly there was some observed gender difference in terms of web browsing habits. The study found 52 percent of men surveyed delete
their web browsing history
regularly, versus only 42 percent of women.
The survey was carried out via contractor YouGov and included over 1,000 participants over the age of 18 in each of the three countries examined.
In related news, Opera released a minor update -- 11.01 [
] -- to its browser, fixing several security vulnerabilities, one of which was critical. You can read more about that vulnerability
Opera also added support for a new extension [
] that is popular on other browsers -- Web of Trust [
]. The extensions offers user-submitted and expert reviews of sites' trustworthiness when you mouse-over a web-link. The service also offers child safety ratings, to help prevent children from being exposed to inappropriate content online.
Vesa Perälä, CEO of WOT describes, "WOT brings transparency to the Web and makes it more difficult for unscrupulous site owners to operate. For example, the WOT community is better at detecting scam sites than automated systems alone, because it requires input from real consumers to identify bad customer service. We are pleased to make the WOT extension available as another line of defense for Opera users."
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RE: None of this is really surprising
1/29/2011 4:17:24 PM
There's much that I can respond to, but I'll just focus on the exploitation topic as those comments of yours were the most incorrect.
African countries have been exploited for hundreds of years. England, Italy, France, Spain, USA, etc. have all exploited the labour and natural resources from Africa. It wasn't business, it was exploitation. Slavery, deforestation, water pollution, soil degradation are not signs good business. Is it good to earn under $1 per day while also not having clean water?
Globalization and the IMF have also accelerated the suffering of African nations. Negotations and agreements are made by the world's elite (government and multinational corporations) with no representation for the local population or environment. African nations have a history of corrupt leadership that are backed by foreign powers, which is obviously still the case in many nations. The foreign powers will also provide military equipment and training to the corrput leadership in exchange for exploiting cheap labour and resources. Negotiations are made for the benefit of those in power. They'll take as much as they can get away with while trying to convince others that their actions are justifiable or simply hiding their actions.
I'm sorry to say this, but you should really learn some history and the way the world currently operates because it sounds like you're basing your arguments off some bad sources.
RE: None of this is really surprising
1/29/2011 7:41:56 PM
Are these 'rich' nations coming in with force?
Isn't there a mutual agreement between two parties?
Then there is no exploitation.
Slavery, Deforestation, Water Pollution, Soil Degradation are all signs of Poverty not Exploitation.
Why did Slavery end in the developing world? Because enough wealth, investment, and capital was reached in order to end it. Slavery became inefficient when put up against Industrialization.
All those environmental protection laws cost money. Money is something that Africans don't have much of. They rather worry about Food, Water and saving so they can eventually reach a level of prosperity.
By us investing in them their standard of living is going up. They are glad they are able to work for that $1 a day. before they might have been making pennies a day.
Why should others care if one business owns a stretch of land and he is calling in a foreign business to come in and invest so he can sell the resources? Why should government get involved. The government doesn't own the land the property holder owns it.
I can understand air pollution since thats common property, however again that can make them uncompetitive to the rest of the world. Its expensive in order to have strict air pollution laws.
Corrupt leadership getting guns and training? Well that's a corrupt government not our fault. The people there should be revolting and pushing for a Limited government based on liberty like ours (Though we lost sight of). If we want to do business deals we have to carter to the needs of the other party. If the guy is a Drug Lord then we have to negotiate till everyone is happy.
I do know history, I just have a different interpretation on the world than you do. Though you should learn about Economics, Consequences of policies, Be able to see the difference between Correlation and Causation.
I can see you probably think everyone should be prosperous.
Being Prosperous takes hundreds of years, it takes a lot of time and money to build up that wealth (Wealth is Property, Education, Private Infrastructure). It requires a clear sense of Property rights and it takes a limited government that doesn't impede on the rights of its citizens (Look at Somalia when they went Anarchy for a short period They went through a boon). Free Market is a boon to any economy.
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