Worried about ID theft? You’re not alone

Americans are just as worried about losing personal and financial information online as they are about losing their jobs, a study by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) finds.

According to the poll, fifty-four percent of Americans were “extremely concerned” about identity theft, compared to fifty-three percent who were concerned about job loss.

An even greater number of participants in the survey (sixty-one percent) said that online safety and security was their own personal responsibility and ninety one percent expressed interest in tips and guidance on how to protect themselves and their families online. You can find all of our online safety guidance at Microsoft.com/protect and on this blog.

To read more results from the study, see National Survey: Online Safety is a Personal Priority for Americans.

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Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    Please help.

    Am on way to holidays here in Australia and received what looked like legitimate Windows Live email (with graphics) that warned my hotmail account may be deleted in three days if i did not confirm some personal details.  It asked for hotmail username/password/DOB and country. I was never 100% sure if not legit but went ahead with it as i didn't want my acct deleted whilst away on holidays.

    the next day i could not access my hotmail account of 16 years, with all saved files and pics, as my password had been changed.  I have lost all my contact and some friends have already started receiving spam type emails.  I am very embarrassed by this.  I have tried to contact MSN help through their site and keep hitting a dead end with pages that say 'There was an error processing your request'. 


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