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UK cybersecurity knowledge is pretty average

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When it comes to cybersecurity knowledge, British citizens are neither excellent nor dreadful at keeping themselves protected.

This is according to a new report from NordVPN (opens in new tab), based on a poll of more than 48,000 consumers worldwide. While the global average knowledge score is 65.2 points, UK citizens scored 65.9 on average.

The report suggests than much of the world is relatively oblivious to the threats lurking online. Many respondents said they frequently accept all permission requests from apps and sign terms and conditions without actually reading them. 

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Further, a tenth of Brits said they simply ignore notifications telling them that someone has tried to log into their email account.

Of all the countries whose citizens participated in the report, the Germans fared best, scoring 71.2 points, followed by the Dutch with 69.5. Nine of the top ten countries are European.

The citizens of Japan performed worst in NordVPN's testing, ranking 21st, while India came in 19th.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.