Years ago, theft concerned one of two things: money or property. In the digital age, lines have blurred. Things as innocuous as birthdates and pet’s names become building blocks for potential crimes, and information is more exposed than ever—routinely in transit, stored on countless devices, willingly shared on public platforms. Naturally, just as businesses need to assess security risk and take preventative measures, consumers do too.
But how does the average American behave in this environment? Are they appropriately concerned about cybercrime? Are they taking action? We surveyed 2,000 Americans to better understand our relationship with cybercrime and identity theft in 2019.
In December 2018 we surveyed 2,000 Americans about their experiences and perceptions of cybercrime and identity theft. Respondents ranged in age from 18 to 82 years old, and all 50 U.S. states were represented.