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Survey Shows The Personal Data We Most Fear Being Made Public

From search histories to texts, all the things you’d never want to be made public, as ranked by a new survey.

Have you ever done something online and then truly, deeply regretted it?

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As the Ashley Madison hack has shown, even your deepest, darkest internet secrets are just sitting there on some company server, waiting to be revealed.

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Lascivious Snapchat messages might come to mind, but a new survey of nearly 1,000 people aged 18 to 34 says for that for many, it's our financial lives that would embarrass us the most — specifically, our bank statements.

The survey, carried out by security software company Trustev, found that about 42% of respondents said they would be "mortified" or "very embarrassed" if their bank statements were stolen and posted online.

According to Trustev Chief Marketing Officer Rurik Bradbury, not only do bank statements reveal the truth about your finances, but for debit card users (and especially younger people, who prefer debit cards over credit cards), bank statements become "a proxy for what you spend money on," as they list itemized transactions.

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