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Survey: Older Americans Take More Steps To Protect Their Identity

May 13, 2011 by  

Survey: Older Americans take more steps to protect their identityDespite the common perception that young adults are more tech savvy than their elders, a new survey has revealed that seniors are less vulnerable to identity theft than younger Americans.

According to the poll, which was conducted by Seattle-based PEMCO Insurance, a total of 84 percent of respondents aged 55 and older said they have registered with privacy-protecting services offered by the government. Only 55 percent of people who were 35 or younger reported the same behavior.

Furthermore, approximately 88 percent of older residents said they have installed a firewall or protection software on their computers, compared to 78 percent of young people.

“It’s encouraging to see that most people are vigilant about protecting their personal information from fraud,” said PEMCO spokesperson Jon Osterberg. “Still, we think there’s more that residents, and especially younger people, can do to keep their information safe.”

Osterberg said that one common form of identity theft is stolen mail. He recommended that Americans should invest in a locking mailbox or set up a personal post-office box.

The survey revealed that higher-income respondents were more likely to install a locking mailbox or opt out of receiving direct mail to their homes.

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