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Ahead of terrorist attacks, becoming bankrupt and being attacked in their homes, people are more worried about their online privacy being violated and becoming a victim of Internet fraud. Coinciding with global Data Privacy Day today, new survey research by Opera Software in the United States, Japan and Russia pulls back the curtain and looks under the bed at what people worry about online.

Internet fraud as a result of online privacy violations was among the top four concerns tipped in all three countries, recorded by between 22 and 29% of respondents in each country. Distress over being hurt in a traffic accident topped the lists in Japan (35%) and the United States (27%), while relationship problems keep 40% of Russian respondents awake at night. Relationship drama and pandemics such as swine flu tied for second place in Japan’s worries (34%), while concerns for bankruptcy took third place in the United States (23%).

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The online survey, administered by market research company YouGov, aimed to uncover what concerns people have for their online safety and privacy. More than 1000 people in each of the United States, Japan and Russia completed the survey between 19 and 24 January. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all adults aged 18+ in the three countries.
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Anti-virus software rules as the preferred measure to protect privacy online, with Russia leading the pack (90%) ahead of the United States (79%) and Japan (68%). Despite their concerns for online privacy violations, less than two-thirds (61%) of respondents in the United States use safe passwords, and this was as low as a quarter of respondents in Japan. Regularly deleting browsing history fared even worse in the United States and Russia, though men delete browsing history more often than women in all three countries. Only using software and websites that do not collect information lagged far behind in people’s safety arsenal, used by just 9-15% of respondents in each country. Continue reading…

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8 Responses

  1. So exactly where does that leave current users of Open Office_3.2 … those cautious individuals running U_10.04LTS?

    We want NO “CLI-hoop-jumping” to stay with Apache Open Office as it evolves. An **UPGRADE** button is just about right!

  2. “Oracle’s history of not caring too much about Free Software led several contributors to fork OpenOffice.org. And that is a very brief account of how LibreOffice came to be.”

    Oh really? That´s not true at all. Read Mr. Shuttleworth´s comments at http://ho.io/libreoffice

    Also, Oracle “not caring abonut open source” must be why they keep investing into MySQL, open source Java (OpenJDK – they´re hiring more devs as of last week), NetBeans, Glassfish, and Virtualbox (all GPL).

    Must also be why Fedora 18 and other Linuxes now include BTRFS, developed AT ORACLE, and merged into the mainstream Linux kernel, which puts Linux on equal footing as Microsoft´s upcoming ReFS in Windows 8 Server.

    Let´s cut the FUD and the BS please. The LO fork was inspired by a band of fundamentalist devs that opposed OpenOffice-StarOffice dual-licensing model that required SCAs (Sun Contributor Agreements) so that Sun (and then Oracle) could build a commercial release (StarOffice) on top of OpenOffice.org code.

    That army of fundamentalists was (is) led by Novell´s Michael Meeks. Remember who made the first major fork to OpenOffice: Novell, with its ill-fated “Go-OO”.

    It was Novell, too, which signed patent deals with Microsoft (something Red Hat refused to do), and it was Novell which insisted on creating patches to make OO.o “better support” Microsoft´s ugly MS-OOXML file formats.

    Sun was right in telling Novell to go hug a tree wrt their MS-OXML promotion.

    Read this: http://ho.io/libreoffice
    FC

  3. It will be interesting to see where this ends up taking Libre Office.

    I have been using Open Office, and of course later Libre Office, for years. For a lot of things, it does an awesome job, but due to non-standard document types, yes looking at MS Office, there are somethings it does poorly.

    I would love to see Libre Office, or open office, at least get as good as Google Docs at parsing out these tricky formats, like docx.

    While fragmentation can suck sometimes, it can, like David alluded to, also make everyone have better code. So, I look forward to seeing how this benefits Open Office/Libre Office!

  4. From what I’ve heard, LibreOffice will be able to cherry-pick code (and thus features) from OpenOffice, but the reverse won’t be true, because including copyleft code is contrary to Apache’s policy and licensing terms. Do you know if that’s true?

    1. Yup its true.. Its just the nature of the Apache license that allows code contributors to not give back to the community, and the nature of LGPL licence (the license that libreoffice uses) to mandate users to commit new developments back to the mother project

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