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Published November 26, 2013, 06:31 PM

Identity theft continues to rise in the United States

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Identity theft continues to climb the charts when it comes to growing crimes in our country.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Identity theft continues to climb the charts when it comes to growing crimes in our country.

And with our reliance on technology, there's only one solution: to fight back.

Consider this statistic.

Nearly 60% of the American mobile phone users own one of these: a smart phone.

The Federal Communications Commission says crimes stemming from using non-secure WiFi networks on mobile phones alone has jumped 350% since 2010.

And it's widespread use of non-secure networks while using applications that require you use very sensitive data, that's the mixture causing the spike.

However, there's one simple solution everyone can apply that will solve the problem.

Dustin Roberts/Forum Communications Network Analyst: "I would avoid doing any kind of any banking transaction on or anything like that while on a public WiFi with your smart phone. I would assume that most of the applications for banks are using some form of encryption, but unless you know that for certain, I would avoid using it."

Tonight at ten, a more in depth look at very simple suggestions to help you stay safe using WiFi in public, regardless of what device you use, or your computer literacy.

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