Protective actions taken by internet users worldwide over the past year as of February 2019
Online protection strategies of global internet users 2019
This statistic shows the most common protective actions taken by internet users worldwide over the past year as of February 2019. During the survey period, 45 percent of internet users reported that they avoided opening e-mails from unknown e-mail addresses.
Protective actions taken by internet users worldwide over the past year as of February 2019
Share of respondents
Avoiding opening emails from unknown email addresses45%
Disclosing less personal information online41%
Avoiding certain internet sites40%
Using antivirus software36%
Changing your password regularly33%
Avoiding certain web applications32%
Cutting down on the amount of biographically accurate information you divulge online29%
Self-censoring what you say online21%
Changing who you communicate with15%
Doing fewer financial transactions online15%
Making fewer online purchases12%
Closing Facebook and other social media accounts, etc.11%
Using the Internet less often8%
None of these16%
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Sources

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

December 21, 2018 to February 10, 2019

Number of respondents

25,229 respondents

Age group

16-64 years

Special properties

internet users

Supplementary notes

Q3. How have you changed anything about how you behave online compared to one year ago? (Please select all that apply.)

Online protection strategies of global internet users 2019
This statistic shows the most common protective actions taken by internet users worldwide over the past year as of February 2019. During the survey period, 45 percent of internet users reported that they avoided opening e-mails from unknown e-mail addresses.
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