People Care Most If Their Social Security Info Is Stolen, Less About Medical Records or Salary


A new survey finds baby boomers are more concerned about losing their Social Security information than millennials are.

People are very concerned about their Social Security information being pilfered from the federal government.

About a third of people rank the loss of their Social Security information among their top three concerns in the event of a federal cybersecurity breach, according to an Accenture survey of 500 D.C., Maryland and Virginia residents.

Baby boomers—born between 1946 to 1964—were more concerned than millennials—born between 1979 to 1997—about their Social Security information getting compromised. About 46 percent of baby boomers listed this as their top concern, as compared to 32 percent of millennials.

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About 56 percent of baby boomers listed financial and credit information as one of their top three concerns for federal information loss, compared to just 44 percent of the younger generations, the survey said.

People were less concerned about their medical records getting accessed. Overall, about 25 percent of respondents listed this as a top three concern despite a rash of hospitals that earlier this year fell victim to ransomware attacks, which shut down records systems until a large sum of money was paid.

Only about 10 percent of citizens overall said their salary information being exposed was a top concern. Men cared less than women, with just about 6 percent of men compared to about 14 percent of women.