2013: The Celebrated Year of the Data Breach!

The statistics are staggering: Cyber crime and financial fraud are steadily rising. So how do you keep your family safe? No doubt about it: 2013 was the worst year for financial fraud in U.S. history. More than 500 million records of personally identifiable information were exposed to scammers, leaving 13 million people victims of identity theft.1,2 Breaches ranged from credit card number exposures to medical record thefts and, if the first half of 2014 is any indication, these cases will continue to rise. In fact, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, 368 data breaches have occurred this year so far – that’s up nearly 19 percent from the same period last year!1 Can this trend be stopped? While cyber crime and security breaches are becoming more fact than fiction, by taking control of your digital life you can write your own ending to the story. Practicing the basics can go a long way. Keep your passwords complex and updated, check your online accounts for suspicious behaviors, and stay up-to-date on the latest Internet protection by enrolling in the LegalShield Identity Theft Plan

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