More than 70 million American adults discovered that their personal information had been compromised in 2014, according to projections from a recent nationally representative survey of more than 3,000 American adults, conducted by Consumer Reports. While some of these incidents happened online, the overwhelming majority happened offline, typically at a brick-and-mortar store or a financial institution.
While some of those incidents may have resulted from stolen credit cards or other crimes, many stemmed from data breaches. And, as a slew of widely reported breaches last year showed, not only online shoppers are at risk. According to Consumer Reports’s survey, 79% of those notified of a data breach were told by a brick-and-mortar store or a financial institution. Just eighteen percent said the problem originated with an online retailer.
Details may be found in Consumer Reports at http://goo.gl/SHa046.
What are you doing to protect YOUR personal information, especially when offline?