Online security, privacy and anonymity can be confusing topics, and there’s a lot of misinformation in the air. Privacy Journal’s research uses facts and figures to distill the truth from the hype, from broad trends to claims about leading companies and technologies.
Statistics: Information Is Power
As internet denizens ourselves, we know how often people get bombarded with unfamiliar terms and concepts while just living their lives online. You may hear about social engineering, and that you should be wary of it — but what does it mean? What about ransomware? Or spear phishing? Is romance scamming the same as catfishing? It goes on and on.
If we had to state the core principles of PrivacyJournal in a single sentence, it might go something like this: the more you know, the safer you are. There are many threats online, but if you understand where these threats come from and what they look like in the real world, you’ll be ready for any danger you might face.
Understand Serious Problems
Take cyberbullying as an example. When you first learn about it, it sounds nebulously scary, as though your child is in danger of running into the Terminator while they play Roblox. The buzzword can obscure the fact that cyberbullying is a serious problem, one that’s very real in the everyday lives of children all over the world.
If you’re a parent worried about cyberbullying’s effects on your child, your best first step is to arm yourself with research and statistics. They’ll help you understand what your child might be facing, and build a plan to have their back.
You’ll learn important facts from the articles in this section — like that cyberbullying is most common on Instagram and least common on Twitter. Or that teenage girls are more likely to be victims than teenage boys, but there are more male victims across all age groups. Or than over 40% of victims develop social anxiety.
Learn How to Protect Yourself & Loved Ones
Carefully researched statistics can also help you protect yourself and your loved ones from crime. For example, once you know that around 85% of ransomware attacks use compromised login credentials, you’ll better understand the true importance of strong passwords and two-factor authentication.
Or perhaps you’re getting ready to look for love on eHarmony or PlentyOfFish. If you know the statistics on romance scams (like you will after checking out our Scam Statistics article), you’ll know that all age groups are susceptible, not just lonely seniors.
Facts Are Fun
It’s not all about threats and danger, though. We also share statistics that are useful or just plain fun — like that Netflix once launched an episode of Star Trek into space, or got House of Cards to play on the original NES. Knowledge isn’t just about arming yourself; it’s also the key to discovery and growth.
Here at Privacy Journal, we use numbers to tell the story. If you’re wondering about the hard truths behind the trends, brands and software you encounter every day, you’re in the right place. Get started now with our fact-checked, expert-written research statistics articles.