People who identified themselves in a survey as \u201ctech savvy\u201d were 18 percent more likely to be victims of online identity theft. In addition those who said they had Ph.Ds were more frequently victims than high school graduates.These were some of the interesting findings of online training company CBT Nuggets in a survey of 2,000 respondents.\u201cSome of the more surprising findings include \u2013 for example \u2013 that 69 percent of those surveyed in the legal industry don\u2019t care to follow online security practices.\u00a0And 23 percent of people felt secure sharing their Social Security number with Amazon,\u201d said Tyler Tanigawa, \u200eSuccess Driven Inbound Marketing Specialist at CBT Nuggets. \u201cWe all need to be more conscious of the risk and protect ourselves by diversifying our passwords, using a VPN on public Wi-Fi hotspots, and taking that extra time to protect ourselves online.\u201dWhen asked why they didn\u2019t follow basic security recommendations,\u00a040 percent of those surveyed said they were too lazy, found it to be too inconvenient, or they didn\u2019t really care\u00a0\u2013 an interesting thing to say after admitting being hacked was a significant risk. On the educational front,\u00a0those with professional degrees were the most unconcerned about security. Legal and religious scored the highest on the lazy scale.\u201cCommon sense tells us not to trust online retailers with our personal data, and to implement rigorous online security practices. Yet a significant portion of even tech savvy people seem to disregard their common sense when it comes to certain online vendors and services,\u201d Tanigawa said.The survey showed that plenty of people use the same password across multiple platforms.\u00a0When asked, self-identified tech-savvy folk were just over 6 percent more likely than the non-tech crowd to have unique passwords. Nearly 66 percent of those surveyed said having their personal information compromised was a \u201cmedium\u201d or \u201chuge\u201d risk,\u00a0yet fewer than 4 percent followed all the basic security recommendations.When participants were asked which information they\u2019d be most alarmed with a stranger accessing,\u00a0their Social Security number topped the list\u00a0(90 percent), followed by their phone number (82 percent) and street address (79 percent).Only\u00a01 in 5 Americans trust the government, but when it comes to personal data, most don\u2019t think twice about sharing this information with official government websites. Of those surveyed,\u00a076 percent said they would share their Social Security number with a government website, and 74 percent would do the same with major banking websites.Maryland, Alabama, Kentucky, and Massachusetts all ranked as having the highest proportion of identity theft victims.\u00a0This might mean respondents in these states use more public Wi-Fi and take fewer precautions than others, and perhaps some states are generally more connected online, the survey noted.. Or there may be an element of chance at play. Either way, participants from Arizona and Louisiana may be the least at risk.Head over to Facebook to leave a comment, whether you are smart or not.