AP-GfK poll: Many Americans are not doing much to change habits in wake of data breaches

  • Article by: ANNE D'INNOCENZIO , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 27, 2014 - 10:40 AM

NEW YORK — American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren't taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press--GfK Poll.

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elmi0001Jan. 27, 14 9:44 AM

The problem I see is the ability to understand/comprehend all the security measures. As a 32 year old that works in technology I understand it. My 60 year old parents do not understand any of this. They don't know anything about 2 factor authentication or why a password should contain letters/numbers/characters. If my parents are anything like the majority they have a sheet of paper that lists all their logins and passwords sitting next to their computer. That's not very secure but what else are they suppose to do? They assume their Zappos login is just as important as their bank login. It's a lack of understanding.

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swmnguyJan. 27, 14 9:53 AM

I haven't changed my habits. I still don't use debit cards, and I use either cash or a low-limit credit card for walking-around money and casual shopping. The higher-limit cards are either for emergencies or recurring payments to utilities, etc. I also check each of my credit reports annually, on a 4-month rotation. And I look at my credit card bills before I pay them. Some merchants show up on your bill with different names; particularly gas stations and similar franchised operations that are owned by a company whose name is unfamiliar. It's not like we need anything more to keep track of, but it's good to be aware of when and where your money goes. You find that any unusual-looking expenditures fairly jump out at you after a couple of months attention.

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elle2008Jan. 27, 1410:00 AM

People are relying on the banks and CC companies to make them whole. This is really very silly thinking. I go to the bank these days and get cash. The only time I have a problem is when I go to the Grocery store. I never know how much I will spend and I end up using my new Unsecured Debit card.

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wileyrulesJan. 27, 1410:17 AM

We just stay vigilant and check our card balances. It's maybe happened twice in many years and never for very much.

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crowgrrlJan. 27, 1410:26 AM

To some extent it may be age-related, however, as a 54 year old who has worked in technology for Target, I totally "get it." I change my logins regularly and completely with all vendors I do business, never keep my passwords written down and constantly monitor all my accounts. It's an issue of education on a wide level, not necessary related to age.

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mspshadowJan. 27, 1410:57 AM

"And even fewer have ...requested new credit or debit card numbers from their bank."...Maybe that's because most large banks have automatically issued replacement cards since the Target breach?

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mouthwashJan. 27, 1412:16 PM

@ mspshadow - My debit card company issued a replacement card after my acct got hacked (I made one purchase at Target A WEEK BEFORE their stated Nov 27 data hack date but still got hacked) -- with a pesky $4.95 fee attached that is not worth contesting.

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