Survey Says… People Would Rather Have Naked Pics Leaked Online Than Money Info

By Emma MillerLifestyle and BudgetLearnVest

Apparently, we’d rather expose ourselves than our finances.

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In a recent survey by MasterCard, more than half of respondents said they’d rather have naked pictures of themselves leaked online than have their financial information stolen.

Participants were also less likely to be worried about having their email accounts hacked (62%) or their homes broken into (59%). Even those stats don’t compare to the 77% of respondents who reported feeling anxious about the prospect of having their personal financial information stolen or compromised.

But when it came to actually protecting their money, respondents’ actions didn’t always match up with their security concerns.

While nine in 10 felt like they took precautions to protect their financial information, only 54% made the effort to regularly change their passwords for online financial accounts, and another 44% made the mistake of using the same password for multiple accounts.

Despite these online shortcomings, however, respondents felt optimistic about the state of web security, with the majority reporting that there are more secure ways to pay than ever before.

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