Google tips on how to stay secure when browsing the internet

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5/17/2019 – A new Harris Poll illustrates a gap between web users’ perception of their ability to securely navigate the web and reality.

A majority of people (55%) give themselves an A or B when it comes to their knowledge of online safety and security. However, when given a simple, 6-question security quiz, 97% got at least one question wrong and 70% wrongly identified what secure URL should look like. And 42% didn’t realize there is a difference between using a secure (HTTPS) versus non secure (HTTP).

In addition, nearly 3 out of 10 (29%) of respondents report not checking for the “S” when entering personal information on a website, even after being told that the “S” means “secure connection.”

Nearly half of Americans plan to build a website in the future, yet online security savviness lags.
Google Domain Security Expert, Stephanie Duchesneau can discuss strategies and tools available for safer web practices including:

  • The growth of the internet, and who intends to create websites.
  • Where consumers can go to create secure websites
  • Why despite grading themselves with an “A” or “B” when pre-tested on their own internet security knowledge, a majority of respondents were unable to identify a secure URL
  • What encryption is, and the importance of visiting an encrypted website.
  • Tips for safer browsing practices.

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