People are doing more than ever to protect their privacy, but not every privacy risk is explained in the news. This series highlights some of the lesser-known though commonly encountered privacy risks, and explains what you can do to protect yourself.

First up: Saving private information to an unencrypted note-taking app.

Note-taking apps have become a welcome replacement for post-it notes. People frequently use them for quick to-do and grocery shopping lists, but they’re also often used to store more private information.

Our survey of 1,029 American adults found almost half (45.3% ±3.1) have saved one or more of the following in a note-taking app: usernames, passwords, social security number, credit card information, and security or PIN codes.

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