Nearly one in five people would give in to curiosity and plug abandoned USB drives into their systems, placing their personal security at risk.

Research conducted by technology certificate provider CompTIA tracking the everyday security practices of people found that the basics of protecting privacy and data are sadly lacking. In a social experiment, the team dumped 200 USB flash storage drives around high-traffic, public locations in Chicago, Cleveland, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to see if anyone would pick them up.