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Are you doing enough to protect your families online safety?

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Channel: Vox
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Most people learn essential safety lessons starting from a young age. Were taught to look both ways before crossing the street, cover our moths when we cough or sneeze, and wear a helmet, just to name a few essentials. But for as much emphasis thats placed on real world safety, many people still overlook basic safety practices online.

92% of Americanssay they care about online safety, but their actions show otherwise. Like the real parents in the video above, themajority of peopleuse one or a handful of different passwords for all their accounts, and a third have shared their password with others.

Habits like these can make you an easy target for hackers, fraudsters, and data breaches. In 2019 alone, identity fraud losses totaled$16.9 billion. Moreover, it can take anywhere between100 hours and six monthsto fix the effects of identity theft. For parents, this can be especially costly. Families with children under 18 are 128% more likely to be victims of identity fraud compared to the average American, and they pay more than twice as much out of pocket as a result of identity fraud.

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