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Package Thefts Rising During COVID-19 Pandemic: Porch Pirates Victimized 25 Million Households in Last 90 Days

The rapid rise of online shopping in recent years has given rise to package thieves, sometimes given the more innocent sounding name “porch pirates”. These burglars grab packages off doorsteps, often following delivery trucks around. The thefts are usually in broad daylight with little concern for cameras and security systems. Forty percent of Americans claim … Continued

Data Security: 25 Important Facts and Statistics for 2020

As businesses collect more data on consumers than ever, high profile data breaches have become common. A single data breach can expose hundreds of millions of records, cost millions of dollars and drag on for years. Businesses and consumers both continue to increase spending on data security, or the protection of digital information. Cyber criminals … Continued

Cyberbullying: Twenty Crucial Statistics for 2020

When most adults picture bullying we think about something that might go on during recess or during lunch. Maybe one student pushes another in the hallway, or a group of kids tease a perceived “outsider”. Whatever form it took, the bullying of our youth was usually easy to spot. Young people today are increasingly dealing … Continued

Cyberbullying Resources: Podcasts, Books, Organizations and Blogs for Support and Education

Teens and young adults are connecting and sharing their lives in an increasingly complex digital world. Parents fret about online security, the appropriateness of content, and a kind of harassment they themselves never had to navigate: cyberbullying. No longer confined to school playgrounds and hallways, bullying has been taken to a new level. About 37% … Continued

47 States Have Weak or Nonexistent Consumer Data Privacy Laws

Last Updated April 16, 2020 By Gabe Turner and the Security.org Team “It’s like the wild wild west,” Emily Mancini, communications director for New York State Sen. Kevin Thomas (D), says, “for businesses and consumers alike.” A bold comparison, perhaps, but one that’s not altogether incorrect. No, we don’t travel by horseback anymore, but as … Continued

Guide to Protecting Personal Data After Losing Your Mobile Device

Nomophobia is the extreme fear of being without your phone. It’s no fun, especially with physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat and chest tightness. Of course, plenty of people without nomophobia still get queasy at the prospect of losing their phone. Our phones connect us to friends, family, co-workers and the world at large. These … Continued

Digital Privacy Risks Increase As Americans Stay-At-Home

By the Security.org research team | Updated April 6, 2020 With most Americans under some form of stay-at-home restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Americans are purchasing more products and groceries online, downloading new apps and telecommuting. At the same time, there are new phishing and identity theft scams aiming to take advantage of … Continued

How to Secure Your Home with Automation & Smart Technology Guide

Advanced technology over the years has not only shaped the way we communicate, but also how we protect our homes. Technology allows us to link different devices and connect beyond just computers and smartphones. Nowadays, it is pretty common for people to also connect many of their home elements like garage doors, doorbells, door locks, … Continued

Ride-Sharing Safety: What You Need to Know

Billed as a taxi service for the 21st century, ride-sharing apps turn everyday people into chauffeurs and make it possible to order and pay for a ride with the tap of your smartphone. Though they’re just one plank of the burgeoning sharing economy (Airbnb, Postmates and WeWork are other prominent examples), for many Americans, apps … Continued

Where in the U.S. Is Murder Most Common?

The United States has seen about a generation’s worth of declines in the rate at which violent crimes are committed in this country. Between 1999 and 2018, the overall violent crime rate fell by nearly 30%, according to newly published FBI data. Similarly, the homicide rate has tumbled in that same time frame, falling from … Continued

Safety While Dating

Somewhere between all that swiping, private messaging, and blind dating, finding a good relationship can feel a bit like winning the lottery. Whether your dating method is meeting people online or getting set up by a friend, there will always be some concerns for personal safety. There is plenty of advice for staying safe when meeting someone … Continued

Best States for Police to Find Jobs

More than 1 million Americans are employed in law enforcement jobs across the country, whether as patrolmen or patrolwomen, sheriff’s deputies, detectives, parole officers, parking enforcement agents or more. But employment of full-time officers has fallen in recent years, according to data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, with the number of full-time sworn police … Continued

Reports of Violence

In 2017, a series of accusations spanning several decades implicated Harvey Weinstein in the sexual assault and harassment of numerous women, including several prominent and well-known actresses. The crimes Weinstein was accused of and the stories that emanated from the initial report inspired the rebirth of the #MeToo movement in 2017. The #MeToo movement, a … Continued

‘Tis the Season for Jobs

As much as $731 billion in retail sales are projected for the 2019 holiday shopping season in the U.S., which would represent a 4.2% increase from 2018, according to the National Retail Federation. Holiday sales have risen consistently over the past decade, more than rebounding over pre-Great Recession levels. In fact, between 2002 and 2018, … Continued

We Take Your Privacy Seriously

As of 2019, there are over 4.3 million apps in Google Play and the Apple App Store alone, not including smaller platforms such as Microsoft and Amazon. This number continues to rise as apps become an integrated part of our existence, and the ability to create apps improves with the spread of education and resources … Continued

Dangers of Digital Banking

In 2018, more than 6,500 data breaches and malicious hacking attempts exposed the personal information of 5 billion people. Unfortunately, these breaches seem to have become a “routine part of American consumerism“, affecting hundreds of millions of consumers. In some cases, being exposed to a data breach can be attributed to risky online behavior. Roughly … Continued

Which States Carry the Greatest Military Burden?

At the height of the Vietnam War in 1968, a year that saw President Lyndon Johnson raise troop levels in East Asia to nearly 550,000, the total number of active-duty American servicemembers was more than 3.5 million. Today, there are about 1.3 million active-duty members of the military, and fewer than 200,000 of them are … Continued

Is Social Media Ruining Your Life?

Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram – oh, my! Nowadays, it seems like everyone is on social media. However, the positives of social media are often overshadowed by the seemingly endless negatives of the platforms. From addiction and mental health issues to jealousy and unhealthy comparisons, social media might be ruining our lives. Despite headlines insinuating that this … Continued

Security.org Survey: Nearly 4 in 10 People Have Had Packages Stolen

According to new data, close to 40 percent of people have been the victims of so-called porch pirates, who snatch package deliveries from porches, stoops and doorsteps. What’s creating this crisis? In short, online shopping. Nearly 8 in 10 U.S. adults are regular online shoppers, and those numbers are only expected to continue rising in … Continued

GUN COUNTRY: Where in the U.S. Are Guns Most Popular?

Fewer than 1 in 3 Americans report personally owning a gun. Those numbers plummet when you look at people other than white men — 17% of women say they own a gun, and 15% of Hispanics report being gun owners. Despite gun ownership being a relatively obscure hobby (video games, movies, books, sports and online … Continued

32 Cities With Biggest Homelessness Problems

On any given night in the United States, upwards of half a million people will be homeless, and about 1 in 5 of them will be children. Cities, states and the nation as a whole have made great progress in fighting homelessness (overall, homelessness has fallen by nearly 15% over the past decade), but homelessness … Continued

Which U.S. Cities Are the Most Dangerous?

If you had to guess which town in the United States was the single most violent, would you have picked tiny Industry, California? Probably not. Most of us would likely name St. Louis or Baltimore, maybe Chicago or New York. Surely few, if any, would point to the 204-person Industry, a suburb about 22 miles … Continued

Best & Worst Cities for Police

Though it’s still perceived as one of the most trusted institutions in the country, the public’s trust in law enforcement has been shaken over the past few years. According to Gallup, the percentage of people with a favorable view of the police has fallen by 7% since 2017 and stands near the levels seen just … Continued

Something Smells Phishy

We've all seen it before: a message in our inbox that appears to be from our bank or even someone from our company accompanied by a convincing message as to why we must click a link or download an attachment. But clicking the link won't take the recipient to vital information that will save their … Continued

Consumer Complaints Over Time

Unwanted or robotic calls by companies attempting to sell products or services happen every day across the United States. Referred to as telemarketing, these calls are one type of consumer complaint addressed by the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, every year. Communication service availability, billing issues, and internet concerns are also fielded by the organization, … Continued

Which States Are At Highest Risk For Cyberattacks?

Whether it’s the safety of our home computers and connected devices, exploits targeted at businesses or breaches of crucial federal systems, such the hacking that took place in the November 2016 election, cybersecurity is one of the biggest issues facing Americans today. Large-scale cyberattacks are nothing new, but the crisis does seem to be growing. … Continued

Anti-LGBT Hate Crimes Are Rising — But We Really Don’t Know How Much

Hate crimes targeting LGBT individuals have climbed for the past four straight years, according to data published by the FBI. While such hate crimes do not account for the majority of all hate crimes reported by the FBI (racially motivated hate crimes are by far the most common), the fact that such incidents are growing … Continued

Which Cities Have the Biggest Problems With Police Brutality?

At the start of the 2016 NFL preseason, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat on the bench while the national anthem played throughout Levi’s Stadium. At first, nobody noticed. A couple weeks later, the one-time Super Bowl-starter-turned-backup had transitioned to kneeling during the anthem, and a movement to protest police brutality was born.

A Guide to Securing Confidential Personal Data Both Online and Offline

We’re drowning in news about data breaches and identity theft, and there seems to be no safe haven. In 2017 and 2018 alone, customers of stores such as Macy’s, Adidas, Sears, Kmart and Best Buy had their credit card information and other sensitive data stolen. In 2017, Equifax showed that even the businesses responsible for … Continued

City Crimes Involving Guns

From skeet shooting to self-defense, guns are woven into the United States' DNA. While it's nearly impossible to nail down an exact number, Americans own an estimated 393 million guns – a number that accounts for nearly half of the entire world's firearm ownership. America's current population is approximately 326 million people, which means there … Continued