Majority fears data breaches more than spiders, survey says

Would you rather come across a creepy crawly in your shower or find out that somebody stole your Social Security number?

About three-quarters of people who responded to a recent survey said thoughts of the latter haunt them more than the former.

The statistic is one of several from a survey of more than 500 people by personal-finance website WalletHub. The site also asked participants about a range of other financial fears, from worries about their credit scores to nightmares of rising interest rates. 

Comparing fear of spiders to fear of data breaches is largely just Halloween fun; no one expects haunted houses to start swapping their cobwebs for lurking hackers. But the fear of losing valuable information in a cyber hack is a valid one, some experts say, especially given the fact that more than half of Americans potentially had their personal information exposed in the breach at credit reporting agency Equifax earlier this year.

Here are some more scary results from the survey:


Jennifer Wentz
Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com.

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