The figures come from
Karen Paullett, an assistant professor of computer and information systems at Robert Morris, said cyber attacks are on the rise in part because many consumers aren't protecting their devices with antivirus software.
"We fail to have this security measure in place for mobile devices," Paullett said.
The survey, of which
Over the weekend, a high-profile hack occurred on what appeared to be phone accounts of female celebrities such as actress
The accounts, Apple said, "were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet."
Password requirements and security questions do not offer meaningful protection from hackers, said
"Complex passwords should not be the mechanism of defense," he said. "In virtually every instance, there is a better mechanism of defense than a complex password."
Security questions used to "reset" passwords can be circumvented easily, Thaw said. Determining a mother's maiden name or high school mascot is as quick as a public records search on
Such measures may offer the guise of security. The survey found 60.5 percent of respondents think complex and demanding password requirements are "reassuring" rather than "frustrating."
"Unfortunately, the consumer is really at the mercy of the information security practices of the company," Thaw said.
RMU polled 1,001 respondents online representing all states from
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