January 26, 2017–Nearly half of the adults in the U.S. believe their personal electronic data is less secure than it was five years ago, but significant numbers don’t follow best practices recommended by cybersecurity experts, according to a Pew Research Center survey published today. Pew surveyed 1,040 U.S. adults and found that 49% of them believe their data had become more vulnerable in recent years. Only 18% of respondents believe their data is more secure than it was five years ago. A mere 12% of those queried had a “very high level of confidence” that the federal government could protect Americans’ personal information. But 41% of respondents said they had shared their passwords with friends or family members, and 39% said they used the same, or very similar, passwords for many of their online accounts, according to Pew.