What Do College Students Think About Online Privacy & Security?

There is a widespread belief that young people care little about online privacy and security. If Millennials truly cared about their privacy, they wouldn’t share so much personal information freely over the internet, the argument goes.

To find out the truth, we polled 1200+ students at 523 colleges and universities in the US and UK* to learn their feelings about privacy and security. See below for complete survey results. We have illustrated the findings in our infographic, What Do College Students Think About Online Privacy & Security. Our research revealed some surprising answers. For example, 82% of college students are concerned about keeping their data private and roughly the same number are concerned about their school  tracking their online behavior.

However, despite admitting to frequent use of unsecured WiFi, only 35% of college students use security software on their mobile devices and 25% regularly use VPNs to protect themselves.

Although there is evidence that more and more young people are becoming aware of the need to protect their online privacy and security, few understand the steps they can take. So help spread the word! Share our infographic below with any students you know and encourage use of Hotspot Shield VPN to take control of your online privacy and security!

*Students with valid .edu email addresses were surveyed in May and June 2013 when they visited our college.hotspotshield.com microsite.



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4 Responses to What Do College Students Think About Online Privacy & Security?

  1. Wanna September 12, 2013 at 12:32 am #


    Really interesting infographic! I am really curious how can you calculate how much it costs to get your identity back?


    • Peter Nguyen September 12, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      We did not calculate how much it costs to get your identity back. It is based on a survey we conducted with our users and based on the survey, that’s the average cost users incurred to resolve their identity theft problems and restore their reputation/credit.

  2. Anonymous September 13, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    It appears you got the UK confused with Scandinavia on your infographic :s

  3. Dale Johnson September 16, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Hi. You may want to check your atlas, as your infographic has Sweden and Norway highlighted, not the UK.

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