Over 33 per cent users to delete internet profiles

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Over 33 per cent users to delete internet profiles
Over 33 per cent users to delete internet profiles

According to respondents from the survey of 10,800 people, half (50 per cent) said that they would most like their personal financial information to be deleted from the internet

More than a third of people (33 per cent) would delete their profiles from the Internet if they could because of the growing privacy thefts and hacking concerns, a report revealed on Tuesday.

63 per cent of the global population is estimated to be online.

While 42 per cent respondents said they feel used because companies collect their data and use it to their advantage, 45 per cent said there is no reason for their names to be on the internet, according to a report by virtual private network (VPN) service provider NordVPN.

While 34 per cent of the people surveyed said they feel that someone will eventually hack their devices, 31 per cent do not trust the internet.

According to respondents from the survey of 10,800 people, half (50 per cent) said that they would most like their personal financial information to be deleted from the internet.

Including unflattering photos/videos, embarrassing moments, old social media profiles and previous employment history are the other information that people want deleted from the internet.

“While removing yourself from the internet sounds like a good idea for those concerned with having their personal information exposed to the wrong entities, you have to ask yourself if wiping the slate totally clean is even possible in our digital-dominant world,” said Daniel Markuson, a digital privacy expert at NordVPN.

“Our survey also found that some would be in favour of a more practical approach because 38 per cent would be in favour of paying to use the internet anonymously at all times,” he added.

People who want to be online anonymously and are willing to pay for it include 27 per cent of people who would pay up to $100, seven per cent who would pay between $101 and $500 and three per cent who would fork out between $501 and $1,000 to be anonymous.

The report mentioned that two per cent of respondents said that they would even pay more.

As many as 71 per cent of people would be afraid of having their financial data accessed by a hacker (or malicious third party), while 43 per cent said texts and emails, 35 per cent said “medical information,” 33 per cent said “social media accounts”, and 24 per cent said about other reasons.

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