The heirs of the Gauls are not afraid that the sky will fall on their heads, they now fear identity theft, which comes first in the security concerns of the French. On the other hand, they tend to trust financial institutions.
The Unisys Security Index is one of the oldest barometers measuring consumer security concerns. Strangely, France makes its appearance for the first time in this special year 2020. The survey was carried out in 15 countries with 15,700 people, including 1,000 French. The annual index is a calculated score of zero to 300, based on concerns related to eight specific questions in the categories of national, financial, Internet and personal security.
As much to report immediately, the French have not missed their entry in the Unisys index, because they immediately rank at the top of the five European countries studied, with a USI score of 156. In comparison, the The Netherlands is the least affected country with a score of 100, Great Britain is at 144 and Germany is 122. The top 3 of the countries most sensitive to security issues is Asian. It consists, in order, of the Philippines with a USI index of 238, India 223 and China (USI index: 218). The world index stood at 175 for the second consecutive year, the highest level in 14 years of the index’s existence.
Theft of identity worries the French and the world
Identity theft comes first among French concerns. It is considered the most sensitive, since more than half of the respondents from France (56%) say they are worried or very worried on this point. On the other hand, they tend to trust financial institutions, with financial security being the lowest concern for them. The French feel relatively secure in their interactions with financial institutions, with only 42% who are extremely or very concerned about meeting financial security obligations.
Among other digital concerns, invasion of privacy and data sharing comes second among the French. 40% of them do not wish to share their personal data. And, paradoxically, especially not with e-commerce sites and physical stores (59%). The main fear in this regard is the risk that stores, online or physical, will sell this data to third parties.
Fakenews: a threat to national security
Digital is not the only source of fear for the French, since in matters of national security, fake news is at the top of the threat list, since 70% of respondents cite it. The distrust of the media spreading this false information is not limited to social media and sites. Almost two thirds of respondents (64%) believe that false information appears in the mainstream media and is considered reliable about once a month.
Despite the communication of social networks on their initiatives to report false information, French respondents do not trust them to succeed. Only 1 in 5 French people (21%) think that social media platforms are doing enough to monitor and suppress fake news. However, a third of respondents (34%) believe that awareness and education on how to spot fake news should be more accessible.
Overall, the French consider themselves particularly warned in terms of the protection of their data and their terminals. In fact, 61% of them state that they keep their device’s operating systems up to date with the latest security patches and updates, and 62% state that they use different passwords for all accounts and applications.