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Consumers aware of retailer data breaches, urged to use credit cards

More so than ever before, consumers are becoming aware of data breaches - and how to better protect themselves from potential fraud

Michael Hatamoto | Nov 9, 2014 at 07:30 pm CST (0 mins, 42 secs reading time)

Millions of consumers in the United States have been affected by retailer data breaches, as cybercriminals compromise in-store point of sale (POS) terminals. It seems consumers are so used to hearing about data breaches that some of them simply ignore the news, and don't want to change their behaviors to help keep their personal information secure.

Consumers aware of retailer data breaches, urged to use credit cards | TweakTown.com

In addition to using a credit card when possible, frequently checking online banking accounts help find any discrepancies - with some financial industry experts recommending the use of a monitoring tool.

"Remaining alert to the risk of fraud and choosing a secure payment method reduce potential consequences of security breaches," said Nick Bryan, President of OpenSky. "Credit cards continue to remain one of the most secure ways to shop because of the power of financial institutions behind them to protect funds and personal information."

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An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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