It’s the equivalent of Pandora’s box…Pandora’s password protected box.
We all know we shouldn’t, but the thought of being able to get a sneaky peak at someone else’s secure email account without repercussion or consequence is very tempting.
In order to find out exactly who would be at the top of your hack list, we asked 1,000 people in the UK: “If you could hack into anyone’s email account, who would you choose?”
Men and women of all ages, from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland provided us with answers. The results were both surprising and revealing!
It would appear that, given the chance to access someone’s email account, many people wouldn’t take it! Nearly a quarter of respondents said that there isn’t anyone that they would hack. Whether this indicates a level of respect for privacy, or simply a lack of interest in the private lives of public figures, is up for debate.
Nevertheless, over 75% of those surveyed would be more than happy to infiltrate an inbox, and the people in power dominate the list. 6.9% named Barack Obama as their preferred target, whilst 4.9% went for David Cameron. God (1.7%) and the Queen (1.7%) followed closely behind, and 1.3% would like to delve into their boss’ correspondence.
Free speech activists Edward Snowden and Julian Assange were also named by a number of respondents, whilst, at the other end of the spectrum, the Head of MI5 was also a tempting option for some.
Some of the more paranoid, jealous and inquisitive responses included spouses, friends, parents and siblings, and there were also some slightly more ‘offbeat’ answers – with the likes of Santa and Mickey Mouse also making it onto the list.
Download the Data
We collected the data using Google Consumer Surveys. If you’d like to look at the raw data, and view responses by gender, age, income and location in the UK, you can download this raw data here as an Excel file.