More than half of Americans admit to giving personal info to a shady website

A new study conducted on behalf of Forter found that 1 in 10 Americans would sooner trust their personal details with a website they’ve never heard of than their partner. (Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash)

More than half of Americans (56 percent) admit to inputting critical personal information into a website they didn’t fully trust, according to new research.

A survey of 2,000 Americans aiming to uncover just how easily people trust websites with their personal details found that the average American has their credit card information stored on five different websites.

Americans will play it fast and loose when it comes to putting their personal details online, it appears, with one in four Americans taking under six seconds to determine if a website is safe enough to punch their personal details into.

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Forter, an e-commerce fraud prevention company, found that, amazingly, one in ten Americans would sooner trust their personal details with a website they’ve never heard of before than their partner.

Americans love to shop online, and seem to have no problem giving up information in order to be able to do so — but how far would they go exactly?

According to the results, one in five Americans would happily give a website their social security number in order to shop with it.

And while the average American takes only 30 seconds before determining if a website can safely store their personal details, it’s a lot different in the dating world.

For example, the study found that the average American would only feel comfortable giving their partner their credit card number after ten long months of being together.

The average American would also need eight months of being together before discussing any of their financial situation.

“Consumers expect merchants to keep their personal information safe, and they risk ruining customer relationships if a breach occurs,” said Michael Reitblat, CEO of Forter. “Despite consumers’ willingness to share information with merchants, seventy percent of consumers are concerned about their private details being stolen via a retailers website, according to a previous study of ours. And the more personal information a merchant holds, the more attractive it is for online criminals to attack.”

But it gets crazier — the average American doesn’t even feel comfortable sharing their full name with a partner until three months into the relationship.

And Americans are more precious of their Netflix password than their social security number, as the average American wouldn’t share their Netflix information with a partner until they’ve been dating for a half a year.

Said a spokesperson for Forter: “Sixty-five percent of consumers would be less likely to shop with a merchant again if their data was breached,” continued Reitblat. “That means that a single breach could put merchants at serious monetary risk. E-commerce companies must put preventative measures in place to ensure that their accounts aren’t being compromised, and the plethora of information their customers are willing to share remains safe.”


  • Full name 3 months
  • Birthday 4 months
  • Address 4 months
  • Name of first pet 5 months
  • Name of first teacher 5 months
  • Street you grew up on 5 months
  • Politics 5 months
  • Netflix password 6 months
  • Medical history 7 months
  • Mother’s maiden name 7 months
  • Financial situation 8 months
  • Credit card number 10 months

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