When it comes to privacy protection, 2014 was a year of contradiction. The number of data breaches in the United States hit a record 783 – up more than 27 percent from the previous year – while 3 percent fewer individuals were victimized by identity fraud during the same period of time.
Javelin Strategy and Research, the primary source for research on identity theft statistics, recently published their 2013 report stating that there were over a million more victims of identity theft in 2012 than in 2011. This means that 12.6 million Americans in the U.S. became victims last year, resulting in more than $21,000,000,000 in damages.
As we become more reliant on technology, such as a smartphone, we open ourselves to different forms of identity fraud. According to a 2012 Javelin Strategy and Research study, social media users are twice as likely to become a victim of identity theft as people that do not utilize social media. Additionally, smartphone users have a 33% higher risk for identity theft than the average consumer.