Breaches not changing people’s habits

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 poll.

Americans say they fear becoming victims of theft after the breach that compromised 40 million credit and debit cards and personal information of up to 70 million customers. In the survey, nearly half say they are extremely concerned about their personal data when shopping in stores since the breach.

But just 41 percent have checked their credit reports. Even fewer have changed their online passwords at retailers’ websites, requested new credit or debit card numbers from their bank or signed up for a credit monitoring service.

 

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