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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 [press release].  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 [download] [changelog] -- to its browser, fixing several security vulnerabilities, one of which was critical.  You can read more about that vulnerability here.

Opera also added support for a new extension [add-ons] that is popular on other browsers -- Web of Trust [press release].  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
By Kurz on 1/29/2011 7:41:56 PM , Rating: 3
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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