The risk of identity theft has grown in large part due to the rising number of connected devices in our lives. Every time we open an account to try a new service, swipe our cards, or participate in social media, we increase the risk of exposure.
Millions of Americans are the victims of identity theft and fraud each year. With massive data breaches frequently making headlines, even the most careful consumers are open to attack.
Oregon and Washington ranked 22nd and 24th in identity theft complaints in 2018. Nationally, U.S. consumers reported losing $1.48 billion related to fraud complaints, an increase of $406 million from 2017.
Fortunately, you can protect your personal information by taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity. Also, you must be prepared to act quickly if your information is stolen—vigilance can prevent you from becoming a victim of fraud. Learn how you can protect yourself and recover from fraud in our comprehensive guide to personal cybersecurity.