People should be more aware about cyber security than they are and this report educates people on what to do when encounter such problems

Being conscious when online and knowing what to do when you're stuck in a cyber-situation is very important. However, while this should be common knowledge a lot of people are not aware of it.

Hence, this is the second year Nord VPN has conducted a survey between 197 nations and asks them questions related to technology, give them scenarios and asks them what would they do if they get stuck in something like this and based on those answers evaluate which country is the most educated in tech savvy knowledge.

This year as well, the survey was conducted and over 24000 consumers were asked 10 questions each on digital privacy and safety issues.

Questions like how to form a strong password, what to do when an email about your account being logged in from another device is received and what data should users share with applications were some of the basic questions on the 10 question list.

The purposes of this questionnaire survey related to technology is to improve cyber security habits and educate people on the topic and provide awareness.

The top country on the list that did pretty well were Germans and scored pretty well on all the surveyed topics and had pretty good knowledge about online privacy (73/100), have an understanding on what to do when face online threats (87/100) and what were the heathy stances to acquire while online in which they scored over 52 percent.

The US nationals followed the list on number two and did pretty good as well and even managed to up their score by a solid one when compared to last year's. However, according to the survey while their tech knowledge has improved their actions online still remain poor and they really need to work towards it.

Americans did well on half of the survey compared to the remaining half.

The five questions they did well on along with their percentages were:

What actions should be taken when a message is received that someone has withdrawn money from your account and 97.3 percent users knew what to do.

91.2 percent users knew what data should be shared with applications and how their devices may get infected with malware. 92.9 percent knew how to tackle suspicious Netflix and Spotify deals found on advertisements and 89 knew the essentiality of a strong password.

However, did relatively poor on questions like how to secure their home WiFi’s, why to read terms and conditions, why updating an application immediately is essential and other privacy and safety related issues.

While there might be users who know what to do in such situations, a lot of non tech related people do get confused when such problematic situations occur and hence in order to solve this confusion, we will like to inform you on what to do.

Don't trust unauthorized emails and not to open attachments that you aren't expecting and don't believe on calls and emails from banks from number which you don't have saved.

Stay safe!
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