STUDY: 1 in 5 Web Users Reports Personal Info Theft

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/16 2014 10:27AM

Updated 04/16 2014 10:28AM

Personal data theft online is on the rise. That's according to a recent survey from the Pew Research Center.

The findings from the January survey show that nearly one in five adult web users reported having important personal information such as their social security number or credit card number stolen.

That's up seven percent from those who reported the same in July of last year.

The study comes amid increased concerns about the security of personal information following the massive data breach at Target and revelations about an Internet security flaw known as Heartbleed.

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