Nearly one in five online American adults (18%) say they have had important personal information stolen—such as their Social Security Number, credit card, or bank account details—according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.

This figure, which was based on data from a survey conducted in January 2014, represents a significant increase from the July 2013 edition of the poll, when only 11% of respondents reported having experienced online personal information theft.

Moreover, nearly a quarter of online adults (21%) say they have had an email or social networking account compromised/taken over without their permission. The same number reported this experience in the July 2013 survey.

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Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.

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