April 4, 2019 Read More »
Lots of homeowners are investing in modern technologies like smart assistants (such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home), smart speakers, and internet-connected security cameras. And while all this technology makes life easier at home, it also raises concerns as more people worry about things like getting hacked, being spied on, and having their identity stolen. We surveyed hundreds of Americans across the country to get a sense for how much people trust the new-age technology filling their homes, and what kind of concerns these modern gadgets raise as far as privacy and personal security.
In this modern age, it’s pretty standard to take to an online search engine before you do something you’re not sure about. From your phone or your computer, Google is always there to overwhelm you with millions of search results when all you want to know is whether you can believe the urban myth that you can’t take a shower during a thunderstorm. Those curiosities get even more curious when you look at them by state. Is it safe to eat lettuce yet? Is it chill to eat snow? What about gum—is it cool to chew and swallow it? (It’s either that or spit it into a crumpled receipt like the rest of us.)
The United States has always been known as the land of opportunity, and that’s especially true when it comes to robbing and stealing. It’s been that way since the days of Butch Cassidy, and though we’ve made strides in technology, things haven’t changed much otherwise. We’re looking at some of the most infamous heists by state, from American gangster John Dillinger to the disappearance of 300,000 packages of ramen. These are each state’s most notable robberies in American history.
Did you know your risk for burglary might largely depend on your state? Our team looked nationwide at 2017 FBI burglary statistics to figure out which states present the most and least risk for break-ins per 100,000 residents. Below we offer our rankings and a few interesting discoveries that we made in our data.
Imagine finding out that you have several credit cards in your name that you never applied for. Or, that you have a checking account under your name that you never opened. How could this happen? Who is responsible? These questions immediately pop to mind and then you learn that you are a victim of identity theft. The thief could even be somebody you know! Most people automatically assume that a stranger somehow got access to all of their information and messed up their credit. However, half the time, sadly, the thief is not a stranger. Millions of identity theft victims know their thief. Dealing with identity theft can be a nightmare and if the thief is someone you know, it can be especially emotional…
We asked 1,000 Americans to answer some tough questions about what privacy and security threats they’d rather experience—and then matched up those answers to find out what Americans were most (and least) willing to risk. This is what we found…
How long does it take for the police and other first responders to arrive after you call 911? Learn more about average response times in the United States.
If you’re like most Americans, you’ve probably googled your fears at least once or twice. Whether we cower at the dark depths of the ocean or dread the soaring heights of a roller coaster, we have a bad habit of turning to search engines with our biggest fears.
Of course, sometimes there’s a valid reason for doing so…
With fall fast approaching, we’ll soon be spending a lot more time indoors—cooking grandiose meals and cozying up to the fireplace.
Unfortunately, there’s a hidden risk to keeping warm and well-fed as the temperature outside drops.
With the increased use of heating in your home, there’s an increased risk of house fires…
There’s plenty you can do to prevent your car from being stolen: rolling up your windows, locking the doors, and parking in busy, well-lit places are a few examples. But there are other factors that are much less in your control when it comes to your risk for car theft. Certain makes and models of cars are easier to break into than others, and older cars are usually equipped with fewer security measures to deter car thieves…
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