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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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  • granny mae

    I think that one way identy is being compramised is on the internet. People will use security to make purchases on line but then they go on facebook and give it all up to play stupid games and pass on other little cutsi things to others ! I don’t get it !

  • http://deleted Claire

    I am not on Facebook, I do not do my “banking” nor do I pay my bills online. I have never purchased anything online and I never will. There are a lot of hackers out there, and if they can get on the Pentagon and others, they sure as heck can get on any computer. It is a matter of common sense.

    • ValDM

      I’m not on Facebook, Twitter, nor do I possess a cell phone…..call me a Luddite, if you want. However, I am subject to many offers in the mail from insurace companies, credit card companies, etc. I open ALL of them, and shred the contents so no one else can sift thru my garbage & call these companies claiming to be me.

      Also, NEVER conduct any kind of financial transaction over the phone. I have many charitable organizations calling me for a donation, then asking me to put it on my credit card right away. I tell them, if they can’t send me a paper solicitation, they can’t have any money.

      I can go on and on, but you get my drift. I’m already a very private person, but this identity theft thing has made me even worse.

    • EddieW

      I’m just the opposite, I pay all my bills online, and buy tons of stuff online…I am very careful about security because I am a lot older than 55. I’ve been hit once, because I bought a book from a company in NY…then he discovered the book was worth a lot more than he sold it for, refused to send it…I wrote him saying “We have a contract!! I can sue you to replace that book for me, save yourself the hassell, and send me the book…he gave my credit card number to “friends” who charged up $600.00 worth of stuff…My bank took the loss, not me!!
      In a purchase I check for the lock sign, and if suddenly swithed to a new page re needing my credit card, I exit!!

  • http://n/a Terry

    Noone in their right mind would want to steal the identity of a teen ager.

  • Peter Carminati

    My Internet Security Policy is this:
    1. Stay off Facebook and Twitter and those other palm magic boxes
    2. Never do a deal on the phone. Use the Snail Mail
    3. Open ALL your mail even though you’d rather just toss it
    Shred the junk to avoid anyone from “lifting” your name
    4. ALL donations must be done by Snail Mail
    5. Get that Indelible Ink Pen to write your checks to prevent some
    some ID thief from “cleaning your check” and walk off with all
    your money and still use the bank routing number and your account
    number to keep you deep in the Overdraft Mode at the bank
    6. Always do a security scan on your computer at least weekly to make
    sure your system is, in fact, safe. If you have Windows XP, be
    sure to Microsoft Essentials to protect your firewall
    7. Never use the same Password for all your computer accounts. Passwords must be “STRONG” to be effective. Eith or more alpha-numerics are considered safe, I use 16. If you can interject these symbols in your password to make virtually crack-proof: !?&*#%
    8. Do not sign up for anything on a site that limits passwords to
    less than 8 alpha-numerics. The ID thief could be running a faked
    “legitimate” site.

  • http://com i41

    The ones who are on Facebook and any other bs internet games are the same dumbazzes who can not read or don’t read, and voted the niggardly marxist muslim and his democrap pukes into office.

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