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Identity Theft Online and Offline

PROTECT YOURSELF: The Dangers of Identity Theft Lurk Online and in the Real World 93% of adults in the United States agree that identity theft is a growing problem; however, many people fail to take even simple precautions. Here are some considerations that may help prevent identity theft from happening to you. AMERICANS FEEL SECURE...WAIT, NO THEY DON'T More than two-thirds of U.S. adults feel confident that they do enough to protect their identities. In sharp contrast - only 22% agree that the chances of someone having their identity stolen are very small. DIGITAL DEFENSE NEEDS SOME WORK х х х х х enter password 89% of U.S. adults say they take steps to secure their digital information, however: Less than half (45%) always check to see if the site is secure when shopping online. 63% of those who have online accounts do not use unique passwords for each account. i Most social network users post crucial, personal information on Facebook and Twitter, increasing their vulnerability to identity theft, including: B-DAY 60% 44% 36% Employer Information Educational Birth Date Background "REAL WORLD" RISK THE SECOND SCREEN IS FIRST ON IDENTITY THIEVES' LISTS. 47% A significant number of adults who own 43% these devices rarely or never use passwords to unlock their smartphones or tablets. slide te unlock > slide te unlock > SOCIAL SECURITY XXx-XX-XXXX Leaving the Wrong Kind of Paper Trail A. Victim (Among all U.S. adults) Write their Social Security numbers on medical forms, job applications, etc. 46% Store sensitive documents 33% in non-secure locations Carry Social Security cards (or copies) in their wallets or purses 29% IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH... when in a restaurant, nearly a quarter of U.S. adults (23%) set down purses, bags, or jackets containing wallets under the table or behind them on a chair. Identity theft is a problem recognized by virtually every U.S. adult. Unfortunately, most people don't take measures to protect themselves. Be aware that it can happen to anyone - don't let it happen to you. SOURCE: Harris Interactive - Identity Theft Survey on behalf of Experian's ProtectMyID® (conducted online Oct. 3-7, 2013 among a nationally representative sample of 2,041 U.S. adults ages 18+) PROTECTmy D QExperian

Identity Theft Online and Offline

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The dangers of identity theft lurk online and in the real world. 93% of adults in the U.S. agree that identity theft is a growing problem, however, many people fail to take even simple precautions.


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