Data theft may be a common experience these days, but consumers aren't avoiding credit cards and debit cards, social media or online retailers.
A new poll from Ipsos/Reuters found that more than 3 in 5 Americans have had their personal data stolen. Only 38 percent had not experienced data theft.
Among the findings:
- A third of Americans reported unauthorized charges on their debit or credit cards.
- A quarter of them said their email had been hacked.
- More than a fifth said a company reported that their financial information had been compromised.
- And about 14 percent reported their social media account had been hacked.
Despite their data theft experience, 64 percent said they haven't stopped using their credit cards or debit cards because of it. And 63 percent still shop online.
More than two-thirds of the 8,308 Americans polled were Target shoppers and the survey was conducted just weeks after the Target data breach over the holidays was disclosed.
The retailer said in mid-December that 40 million debit and credit cards had been exposed in a hack that lasted from the day before Thanksgiving through Dec. 15. It later said personal data of up to 70 million individuals also had been compromised.
Neiman Marcus disclosed in January that 1.1 million debit and credit cards had been compromised in a separate breach.
On Monday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a consumer guide to help consumers protect themselves against data breaches.
It advises people to follow these steps:
- Monitor accounts for unauthorized charges or debits.
- Alert bank or card provider immediately if fraud is suspected.
- Follow up with the bank or card provider and maintain records.
- Avoid scams that ask for personal information via email or by phone.
Have you found fraudulent activity on your card? What tipped you off?
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