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Americans more worried about being hacked than murdered

by on19 January 2021

Murder is just so much more common

According to the Atlas VPN investigation, US citizens worry much more about getting hacked than being murdered.

As many as 72 percent of respondents frequently or occasionally lose sleep over having their personal, credit card, or financial information stolen by hackers.

The second most agonising crime that Americans tend to dwell on is being a victim of identity theft, at 66 percent.

Rachel Welch, COO of Atlas VPN said that with headlines around the world being dominated by government security breaches, large enterprise data leaks, and similar cybersecurity issues, the concerns seem to be justified.

Fraudsters can withdraw money, take out loans, empty checking accounts, and commit many other crimes by stealing a person's identity. The top two spots reveal that cybercrime causes the lion’s share of worries for US citizens.

Next up, data sheds light on how individuals are also troubled by thoughts about losing their physical goods. Over 35 percent of those surveyed reported that they often dwell on their home being burglarised when they are not there (35%) and having their car stolen or broken into (34 percent).

But putting these figures into perspective only a quarter of Americans worried about being mugged and 17 percent were concerned about being murdered. So it seems that people are more concerned about losing their identity or having their computers hacked than they are about the afterlife.


Last modified on 19 January 2021
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