What would, if any, be the name of the phobia of a person who lives in constant fear of others breaking into their accounts / misusing their personal information? I've found some slightly related phobias such as "nomophobia", but none of them are quite what I'm looking for.

  • "who lives in constant fear" Are you sure you're looking for a phobia and not just a plain old paranoia?
    – blgt
    May 19 '15 at 14:13
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    It could be a subset of technophobia...
    – Catija
    May 19 '15 at 14:14
  • Could also be an extrapolation of kleptophobia - especially if money is involved. But identity theft is best covered by the general term technophobia.
    – 4444
    May 19 '15 at 14:20
  • Catija is right. Further details: Digital phobia
    – 0..
    May 19 '15 at 14:21
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    Maybe this asks for the coining of the expression kleptotechnophobia (fear of theft by electronic means) or technokleptophobia (fear of theft of electronic possessions) :)
    – laurisvr
    May 19 '15 at 14:52

As kindly suggested by Ermanen and John Lawler, the lack of a particular word might prompt you to coin your own -phobia in this case. Most names for a fear simply comprise the subject of the fear in Greek with phobia(greek for fear) as a suffix.

This site mentions a whole lot of them. The rule about the first word being greek doesn't seem to be a very hard rule there. With it being replaced by a latin word Hispanophobia and Albuminurophobiafor example take the latin words for respectively Spain (don't really know why you'd be afraid of that) and a kidney protein. To indicated fear of Spain, and fear of kidney diseases.

So I guess as long as you pick a word that sounds slighty fancy. You match the phobia criteria I reckon. My suggestions would be:

  • identitatokleptophobia which is using Latin, but hey who cares:) I wouldn't know if there's a Greek word for identity.
  • kleptoelektrophobia or kleptotechnophobia fear of theft by electronic means
  • electrokleptophobia or technokleptophobia fear of theft of electronic possessions

As John Lawler has pointed out, techno as a prefix might be a bit broad. However, if you're very strictly sticking to the Greek meaning of the word. Electro actually means amber (the material). Of which our word for electricity might be derived. Which would suggest electrokleptophobia means you're afraid someone is intent on stealing your precious amber:).

Also of course the meaning of these words might be a bit ambiguous. However, this seems to be true for a lot of the words in the list I mentioned before.

  • Nice answer. +1 But electrokleptophobia could be ambiguous also because of "theft of electricity" :)
    – 0..
    May 20 '15 at 4:27
  • @ermanen True, but that's true for a lot of the phobias I think:). What word would you consider best:)?
    – laurisvr
    May 20 '15 at 7:24
  • I think "technophobia" is somewhat established already so instead of "electro" you can use "techno". "Identitatokleptophobia" seems fine but it is clumsy. Well, we could abandon the Greek route and simply say "identity theft phobia" also. :)
    – 0..
    May 20 '15 at 17:27

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