News of cybersecurity breaches is stressing people out, survey says THE STATE OF CYBER-STRESS

2,000 North American consumers shows that a whopping 81 percent of Americans say they feel stressed by news of such breaches.

The report, “The state of cyber-stress,”  says that with the increasing use of digital devices, the pervasive threat of losing personal data to a cyberattack is leading to chronic stress.

Choosing passwords and keeping track of login information for a growing number of online accounts can also be overwhelming, especially for younger generations, the report says. Nearly half (46 percent) of consumers 16 to 24 said they find it stressful to manage the number of passwords they have.

“Research has shown that it’s not the big, acute, one-time challenges that cause the majority of stress-related disease and disorders, but the everyday, nagging, accumulating pressure and tension we feel when we don’t have enough capacity to cope with the demands of life,” said Heidi Hanna, Ph.D, executive director of the American Institute of Stress.

“Especially when we feel unsafe, out of control, or unable to keep up with the pace of change, something inherent in our constantly-connected, digital lifestyle,” she added.

THE STATE OF CYBER-STRESS:

A study on Americans’ and Canadians’ stress levels and mindsets about cybersecurity. Kaspersky Lab conducted a survey of over 2,000 internet users in the United States and Canada to gain insight into the perceptions of consumers regarding cybersecurity, including people’s stress levels about data breaches and passwords, and what actions they take to protect their data from online threats. The results of this research revealed: The stress levels of consumers relating to digital security and technology How many people have experienced a cyberattack on their internet-connected devices How people feel about businesses or people close to them having access to their data What consumers and businesses can do to reduce their cyber-stress.

 

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