Consumers Not Protecting Sensitive Info

By Bill Strange

January 8, 2018

Many Americans are not taking the proper steps to protect their personal information from identity theft. A recent survey by Cybersecurity Company McAfee shows 61% of those surveyed said they are more worried about cybersecurity today than 5 years ago.  But only 37% have signed up for an identity theft protection solution and 28% say they have no plans to sign up for one.  The research shows the primary ways consumers rely on monitoring their identity include checking online bank and credit card accounts for unauthorized charges as well as checking social media for fraudulent posts.  McAfee CEO Chris Young suggests changing default passwords right away and start using a unique password. 

He adds consumers should enroll in identity theft protection to help monitor use of personal information and updating device and application software when it becomes available from the manufacturer.

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