Half of Americans think their data online is less secure than it was just five years ago. Whether from lax security measures or our own lack of common sense when it comes to oversharing online, more and more people are finding themselves falling victim to data scams. So how do we know just how vulnerable we are online? The answer may begin with a Google search.
Today, Google handles over 3.5 billion searches every single day – a portion of which are people Googling their own names. For reasons ranging from simple curiosity to damage control, over half of all millennials have Googled themselves and over one in ten Gen Zers do so daily. Google isn’t a foolproof fortune teller though; only one in five people find accurate data and most results are influenced by other people of the same name. But for the (un)lucky 8% of us that do find damaging or embarrassing information, it may be ourselves to blame.