Nearly two in three U.S. adults with personal social media profiles say they are aware their accounts have been hacked, according to a recent University of Phoenix survey conducted online by Harris Poll. In addition, 86 percent agree they limit the personal information they post due to the fear of it being accessed by hackers.
Eighty-six percent of U.S. adults took measures to make their accounts more secure once they were aware of being hacked. The majority changed their passwords (61 percent) followed by changing or updating their security settings (57 percent), removing personal information (33 percent) and deleting their account (11 percent).
Despite the threats to online identities through user profiles, the survey revealed some good news: 58 percent of U.S. adults believe their data on these platforms is somewhat or very secure. Also, 86 percent say they check their security settings, with 58 percent checking at least once monthly.