September 16, 2014
McAfee Canada, part of Intel Security, today released findings from its first Safeguarding the Future of Digital Canada in 2025 study, which examines the thoughts and attitudes of more than 500 Canadian consumers concerning technology trends. The study looks at how technology relates to people’s homes, workplace, cars, mobile devices and online security.
Canadian consumers believe that technology will significantly change their lifestyle by 2025. For example, 51% of Canadians believe their houses will be able to speak to them, 70% anticipate using solar panels as their main source of energy and 56%predict there will be cars that navigate completely on autopilot.
While new innovations will make consumers’ lives more connected than ever, Canadians may feel hesitant in sharing personal information or adapting to these technologies in fear of their privacy being jeopardized.
Sixty-six per cent of Canadians expressed concern over the expected state of cyber security in 2025.
Canadians know that as technology advances, more of their everyday devices will be connected to the Internet, said Brenda Moretto, Canadian consumer manager at McAfee.
“While they believe this will simplify some aspects of their lives, they’re also concerned about how their security and privacy will be protected,” she said. “We are hoping this study will raise awareness of these concerns and ensure privacy is taken into consideration in future innovations.”
The report was compiled to provide a view into technology trends and what society can expect over the next decade. Highlights from the study give insight on how Canadians will view cybersecurity, how their homes will be connected and how they’ll work.
Further details will appear in the September/October issue of Connections+