On the heels of continuous announcements from national retailers and banks of large-scale data breaches and vulnerabilities grows, findings from the Pew Research Center suggest that growing numbers of online Americans have had important personal information stolen and many have had an account compromised.
Findings from a January 2014 survey show that:
- 18% of online adults have had important personal information stolen such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account information. That’s an increase from the 11% who reported personal information theft in July 2013.
- 21% of online adults said they had an email or social networking account compromised or taken over without their permission.The same number reported this experience in a July 2013 survey.