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By Jason Aten | Inc.
According to a Harris Poll study conducted in partnership with Google, the average American has 27 online accounts that require passwords. Ideally, you should use a different password for each account, but come on, you're a human, not a robot, so that's never going to happen. In fact, 66 percent of Americans (almost two-thirds surveyed!) say they reuse the same passwords for their online banking, email, and social media networks.
Sure, it makes sense to pick a password you can remember, and use it for everything since, well, again, you're not a robot. But what happens to your personal information when someone figures out that password? Considering that one-third of Americans use their pet's name as a password, it's not exactly inconceivable someone might figure it out.
Or, worse, what happens when your information is included in a data breach--something not unheard of at this point? In fact, there's a pretty good chance that at least some of your personal information has been included in at least one of the dozen or so major breaches in the past few years.
I'm a big advocate of taking responsibility for protecting your own personal information, which is why it's good news that this morning, Google announced new tools to help you protect your passwords. Those tools include Google's password manager, which is built into Chrome, as well as your Google Account sign-in.
That password manager will now also flag passwords that are reused, and even let you know if one of the passwords you use has been compromised in a data breach. According to Google, it has already uncovered four billion passwords that have been compromised online.
That study also showed that:
- 43 percent of Americans have shared a password, including 23 percent who have given someone else their email password.
- 22 percent use their own name as a password for at least one account.
- 75 percent say they have trouble keeping track of all their passwords.
- Less than half (45 percent) of Americans change their password, even after a data compromise or breach.
Read the full story at Inc.
A new era is dawning in the entertainment world and you’re about to get a whole lot more choices—for better or worse. The streaming wars are here.
Titans of media and technology are wagering billions that consumers will pay them a monthly fee to stream TV and movies over the internet. Walt Disney Co. DIS 3.76% is launching a $6.99-a-month service next week, following Apple Inc.’s entry earlier this month. AT&T Inc. T -0.10% and Comcast Corp. CMCSA 1.10% ’s NBCUniversal next year will mount their own challenges to streaming juggernaut Netflix Inc.
The combatants are fighting on the same battlefield, all seeking to lure in subscribers, but they have radically different motivations—and some have far more at stake than others.
Legacy giants like Disney and AT&T’s WarnerMedia are racing to reinvent their core media business, which is under assault as consumers turn away from traditional broadcast and cable TV. For them, selling streaming subscriptions to consumers has to work—and has to be profitable. For Apple, while streaming can advance its business, failure is an option.
Consumers will have choices to make as new entrants join the fray: Americans are willing to spend an average of $44 monthly on streaming video and subscribe to an average of 3.6 services, according to a survey of over 2,000 people in recent days by The Wall Street Journal and the Harris Poll. That is up roughly $14 from what most people pay now.
But with so many existing players already in the market—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, CBS All Access and ESPN+, among others—not everyone can emerge victorious. “This market is going to have to shake out -- it doesn’t feel like all these players can continue to play this game forever,” said David Wertheimer, a former president of digital products at Fox Networks Group who is now a media and tech investor.
Netflix is in an enviable position with a big head start, but may be in for some turbulence. Nearly one in three Netflix subscribers said they would likely cancel the service in the next three months to make room for a new entrant, according to the Journal-Harris Poll survey. Some 43% of parents with kids under 18 said they were likely to cancel, as did 44% of men ages 18 to 34.
Their stated intentions may not translate into an actual cancellation. There are currently 158 million Netflix subscribers globally.
Netflix, like any subscription business, has regular customer turnover, and some of those who cancel eventually return. “Like the competition, polls come and go,” a Netflix spokesman said. “But years of experience have taught us that consumers want control over when and how they watch—and a wide choice of quality stories across every genre. And that’s what we’ve always focused on providing.”
Read the full story at Wall Street Journal.
Just admit it. Everyone knows you do it. Hell, everyone does it.
Shop online at work.
But the practice may be more widespread than employers thought. According to new research from the advertising exchange OpenX and the Harris Poll, 69% of the 2,000 consumers surveyed admit to shopping at work. The percentage jumps to 81% when you look only at millennials.
That people waste time at work is as old as, well, time, but gone are the days of water-cooler gossiping, playing Solitaire, and taking naps.
With only—only!—93 shopping days left until Christmas, that’s bad news for bosses and productivity experts.
Most of the shoppers participating in the poll expect to spend more online than they do in physical stores, the research found. Quicker than you can say “retail apocalypse,” consumers report planning to spend one in five dollars of their holiday shopping money on purchases made via their mobile devices.
And if ever there was a time for workplace managers to start to worry, it’s now.
Half the survey respondents said they start their holiday shopping in September or earlier, with another 38% launching their buying sprees between October and Cyber Monday.
The 2019 Consumer Holiday Shopping Report was conducted online in August with a margin of error of 2% at a 95% confidence level.
Read the full story at Fast Company.
The 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States, conducted by renowned polling firm The Harris Poll on behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, questioned senior business executives about the fairness and reasonableness of state court systems. Those scores were compiled and the nation’s 50 states were ranked.
Delaware’s legal system was ranked best in the country; Illinois’ system is the worst. Additionally, 24 percent selected Chicago or Cook County, Illinois, as the worst city or county court.
Other notable rankings include California (48th) and Florida (46th). New York slid this year, falling seven slots to 36th from 29th in 2017. On the other end, Montana jumped 20 slots to 7th best overall.
“The survey should be a wake-up call to policymakers that their state’s economic growth and prosperity depend in large part on the fairness and predictability of its legal system,” said Harold Kim, chief operating officer of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. “States like Illinois are pariahs to companies. Illinois’ lawsuit system is so bad that major tech companies are refusing to sell some of their products there.”
View the PDF Report here and read the full release at Business Wire.
Pearson, the world's learning company, today released the results of its Global Learner Survey, a new study capturing the voice of learners worldwide. The findings point to massive global transformation in education driven by the shifting economic landscape of the new talent economy, the vast influence of technology and perceptions that education systems are out of step with learners. The study shows that learners around the world are now taking control of their education through a "do-it-yourself" (DIY) mindset, adding to their formal education with a mix of self teaching, short courses and online learning to keep pace with the talent economy. The survey also shows that learners are thinking beyond the traditional notions of learning, signaling a massive opportunity for education providers to reinvent learning to meet the needs of a new economy.
Pearson conducted the study with Harris Insights & Analytics to give learners in 19 countries the opportunity to voice their opinions on primary, secondary and higher education; careers and the future of work; and technology. More than 11,000 people, ranging in age from 16 to 70, participated in the poll. The survey is the most comprehensive and wide ranging global public opinion survey of learners to date. In addition, Pearson released today Opportunity for Higher Education in the Era of the Talent Economy, a guide to the survey's implications and opportunities for higher education.
"Gig jobs, unconventional careers, tech disruption and lifelong learning have ushered in the talent economy. Now more than ever, learners understand the need for lifelong education," said John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson. "People are meeting the demands of this new world of work by taking control of their own learning. Now, technology and innovation are giving educators, governments and companies the greatest opportunity in human history to rise to the occasion and improve lives through education."
Read the full press release at PRNewswire.
To view the full findings of the Global Learner Survey and Opportunity for Higher Education in the Era of the Talent Economy visit: go.pearson.com/global-learner-survey.