Security.org’s study focuses on usage of and attitudes toward identity and credit card theft and fraud protection products, as incidents of hacks and cyberattacks rise.
Additional findings from the study include:
Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) have been victims of credit card fraud and 18 percent in the last year alone; 25 percent cost more than $1,000, while most report getting their money back.
Nearly one in four Americans (23 percent) have been victims of identity theft and seven percent have been victimized in the past year; half of cases the victim loses money and 45 percent of those cases it is for more than $1,000 and just over half of the time (62 percent) victims get their money back.
Fourteen percent of Americans are interested in subscribing to a monitoring service in the next 12 months; this totals 29 million U.S. adults and potential of $2.9 billion in annual revenue, assuming an average of $100 per year.
Identity theft and credit card fraud victims are three and a half times more likely to subscribe to a monitoring service
“The protection of our sensitive, financial and personal information is critically important,” said Gabe Turner, Security.org’s director of content. “While I applaud the growing number of Americans with an intent to further safeguard their social and financial interests with identity theft and credit monitoring services, I hope to see an even bigger increase as more individuals see the usefulness of these options before they become victims themselves.”
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