Consumer Alert: 92 percent of Americans take major risks with personal data

A new study says that in the internet age, most Americans are taking big risks with their personal information.

News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2019, 10:05 PM

Updated 1,921 days ago

Share:

Consumer Alert: 92 percent of Americans take major risks with personal data
A new study says that in the internet age, most Americans are taking big risks with their personal information.
The study by Creditcards.com finds that 92 percent of Americans are taking at least one major risk when it comes to their personal data and information.
The study found that the most common security issue was that most Americans reuse their passwords.
“We found that [60 percent of] Americans are using the same password more than half the time, and we found that 22 percent are using the same password every single time,” says credit industry analyst Ted Rossman.
Rossman continues, “There’s an interesting conflict here because, on one hand, people are being irresponsible with their info. But on the other hand, people are telling us that identity theft is a really big deal.”
The survey also found that Americans aren’t doing enough to protect themselves from data breaches even after they happen. Only 40 percent of Americans surveyed say that they check their credit reports on a regular basis. Only 24 percent say that they have ever used a credit freeze.
A credit freeze will basically block anyone else from taking out new credit in your name. Under a new federal law, it is now free to do so in all 50 states.
More information on credit freezing can be found HERE.


More from News 12
2:35
Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

Ocean Grove temporarily allows Sunday morning beach access

1:57
Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

Taste of summer returns to New Jersey with highs in the mid-80s

0:33
Monmouth County high school students may have had personal info stolen in data breach

Monmouth County high school students may have had personal info stolen in data breach

0:25
Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

Prosecutors: 73-year-old man accused of murdering his wife in their Moorestown apartment

0:16
Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

Krispy Kreme opening new location at the Jersey Shore

1:57
Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

Peapack-Gladstone taking new steps to control geese problem

0:23
NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

NJ Transit police save man from drowning in Hudson River with rescue ring buoys

0:20
Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

Prosecutor: Teen killed, another injured in shooting outside Trenton apartment

1:54
Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

Best of New Jersey: A taste of Italy in Monmouth County at Limoncello at Piazza Di Roma

0:14
Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

Prosecutor: Walk-in Camden hospital patient dies days after being shot

0:25
PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

PBA: Millburn police officer killed in car crash

1:18
TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

TGI Fridays in Brick Township among 36 across the US permanently closing

0:30
Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

Jersey Proud: Hillside HS football team sorts food donations for those in need

2:13
‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

‘It’s our responsibility to tell their story.’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall unveiled in Wayne Township

2:30
Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

Roselle schools temporarily put on lockdown following reports of gunfire in the area

0:15
Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

Officials: Single-engine plane crash-lands in Holland Township field

1:51
Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

Officials: Train pulls down wires in Elizabeth, causing some power outages

2:31
Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

Prosecution focuses on Egyptian halal beef deal in Menendez’s bribery trial

2:27
Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

Advocates express concern as badly decomposed dolphin washes up in Long Branch

1:59
Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches

Route 71 bridge in Monmouth County remains closed as Memorial Day weekend approaches