The digital world has provided people with ever-expanding ways to express themselves online. But as we turn to social media, online shopping and other web-based conveniences that allow us to access anything we want from the comfort of our own homes, we increasingly expose ourselves to the threat of identity theft.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014. That same year, Florida had the highest rate of identity theft in the nation: 186.3 theft complaints per 100,000 residents, according to USA Today.
This year, cyber breaches have even wrought havoc within the Florida State University System, including a breach at the University of Central Florida that compromised 63,000 social security numbers and names of members of the UCF community.
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