Nearly 96 million Americans (or 31% of the population) have had their Internet network, e-mail, or computer hacked or compromised. That's according to the results of the Ooma.com Internet Security Survey—a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by the VoIP provider. Findings of the study include:
- 172 million Americans (or 54% of the population) have accidentally visited a website that infected their computer with a virus. A lack of awareness of which websites are phishing for their personal information or contain spyware, malware, or other threats leaves users exposed.
- 70 million Americans (or 22% of the population) wish their devices were protected from online threats such as viruses, phishing, and malware. Other users are either unaware that such threats exist, or don't know how to conduct safe searches, blacklist or whitelist domains, or filter content.
- 38 million American parents (or 12%) wish they could block access to certain websites for their kids. This includes blocking inappropriate or explicit images from search engine results or restricting access to certain sites, but could also include preventing kids from visiting websites that might compromise a family device.
According to Ooma—a leading VoIP provider that offers cloud-based Internet security—multi-device Internet security has become particularly important, as any given network supports multiple devices.