McAfee the online security organization has commissioned a few surveys over the years that show the growing value of digital assets. Their research in 2011 (provided by MSI International) surveyed more than 3,000 consumers across 10 countries and shows varying values of digital assets.
Digital Assets? They include music and video downloads, software programs, photos, career info, personal records, email etc.
Canadians estimated their digital assets on average to be worth $47,074 which is slightly behind Americans ($54,722) and ahead of the UK ($38,360). McAfee’s study also suggested that it would take an average of some 82 hours for most of us to restore our digital assets if lost. That would be the estimate if we were alive. If we are not alive…it’s anyone’s guess if they could be restored at all. Digital assets/Digital passwords need to be backed up and shared somewhere safe
In 2013, they released a new survey specific to Canadian consumers’ attitudes towards online surfing, web security and data protection. This survey showed Canadians placing a value of $32,000 on the digital assets stored on their devices (not sure why the decrease from the earlier study) This study showed that most of us are not taking appropriate precautions to back up and safeguard our digital assets.
Protecting online assets needs to be made more of a priority for our families and that will come from education and having a good handle on secure technology.
McAfee Cares is an Online Safety for Kids program which hopes to train school aged children and adults on ways to stay safe, secure and maintain good ethics in online behaviour. You can learn more about their program here http://mcafee.com/onlinesafety.
LegacyTracker has made provisions for safeguarding your digital assets