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Reports of personal data theft are on the rise, and studies show that hackers are becoming better at stealing your private information. They've become so good, in fact, that the rise in malware-related attacks increased 27 percent from 2012 to 2013.
Since more personal information is stored on mobile devices now than ever before, your privacy has never been more at risk. Over 6 billion people have access to smartphones today, yet most don't have adequate safeguards in place. In fact, over 75 percent of people use the same username and password for most—if not all—of their various online accounts.
Because three-quarters of all online thefts occur because of weak or stolen credentials, it's important that you vary your passwords and remember to change them once every few months. Information like your birthday, maiden name and pet's name that were once private are now easily found on your various social networks, and are therefore weak choices when it comes to selecting a strong password.
In the unfortunate event that your private information has been compromised, it's important that you report it immediately. Take a look at this infographic for more on how to protect your privacy and what to do if you feel it may be at risk.