Magazine article Information Today

Internet Security Breaches on the Rise

Magazine article Information Today

Internet Security Breaches on the Rise

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The recent discovery of the Heartbleed bug, which affected an estimated 66% of active internet sites, means that keeping personal information secure on the internet is not always possible despite the best of intentions. Sometimes even the most diligent internet user can be affected by security breaches.

According to a January 2014 survey from the Pew Research Center (bit.ly/lfJDNkK), the loss of online privacy is a growing problem. Eighteen percent of internet users have had personal information stolen, up from 11% in 2013. This includes Social Security numbers, credit card information, and bank account information.

Middle-aged internet users had the largest percentage increase in online theft: 20% of respondents aged 50-64 reported stolen information this year versus 11% last year. The youngest age group, respondents aged 18-29, had the second-largest increase, with 15% reporting some form of personal information stolen this year compared to 7% last year. …

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