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updated 8/25/2013 12:46:44 PM ET 2013-08-25T16:46:44

According to data compiled by online security company Hotspot Shield, 12.6 million people were victims of identity theft last year, losing a total of $21 billion.

With a problem that big, it's important to know not only how hackers can find your personal or business information, but how to protect yourself.

The infographic below illustrates the most common ways hackers access data and the mistakes consumers make that leave them vulnerable to becoming victims.

 

 

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