F-Secure: Majority of Consumers Worry About Cloud Security


According to the results of a recent F-Secure survey of 6,000 people in 15 countries, six out of 10 consumers are concerned about the security of their content in social networking and cloud storage services.

The survey found that the top six providers people upload their content to are Facebook, YouTube, Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft SkyDrive and Apple iCloud.

Fifty-nine percent of consumers are concerned that someone else may be able to access the content they're storing with those providers, while 60 percent worry that those providers may sell their personal content to third parties, and 62 percent think providers may sell their digital behavior data.

Sixty-three percent of consumers are concerned about vulnerabilities in storage providers' technology, and 33 percent of consumers said they feel like they're using control of their content.

In general, European countries, with the exception of France, showed lower levels of concern than other countries -- 52 percent of people in Germany were concerned about unauthorized access to their content, while in the U.S., that number was 69 percent.

"The findings reflect that consumers have been generally aware of the issues surrounding storing your content in the cloud," Timo Laaksonen, Vice President, Content Cloud at F-Secure, said in a statement.