Only 28% of Americans said they were "very" concerned last year, but 35% reported the same level of worry now.
More than half (59%) of the people surveyed in March said they were very or extremely concerned about other people getting their credit or debit card details. Only 17% said they were not concerned at all, down from 18% last year and 19% in 2012. It seems that recent credit card breaches at Target, Michaels, Neiman Marcus and Sally Beauty have caused questions for some Americans.
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Nearly four out of 10 people express heavy concern for online shopping and online banking. Only 34% of people were not concerned at all.
Many people expressed concerns about computer security, and 36% said they were worried about their computers in reference to spam emails and viruses.
A significant finding is the fact that 59% of those surveyed said they would be less likely to do business with a company after a security data breach. If stores continue to suffer data breaches as they have been over the past few months, this could be quite a blow to the retail community.
By Bill Hardekopf