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Recent Data Breaches Change Shoppers Payment Methods

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REHOBOTH, Del. – A little more than a year after Target Corp. and other major retailers suffered a rash of massive data breaches, some shoppers have changed the way they make purchases.

Rising uncertainty in the security of store payment systems has worried some shoppers in Sussex County into only using cash.

Lydia Brooks of Wilmington, Del. who was out shopping with her family at the Tanger Outlets in Rehoboth, said cash is the only payment method she trusts.

“Cash. I pay for everything in cash. I can't live my life in fear,” said Brooks of the psychological burden that comes with having credit and debit cards.

Though Brooks has never had her personal information compromised at a store, she says it's the best way to also keep track of her spending habits.

But another shopper at the Outlets, who was affected by a Target data breach in August, said she hasn't been consistent with using cash because it's more convenient to use a card.

"The inconvenience of that one time didn't have a long term effect on me,” said Simone Lundy whose debit card was deactivated by her credit union after they were alerted of fraudulent charges.

“So, I still am always using my debit card," said Lundy.

In recent months, retailers including Home Depot, Michael's and Staples have all reported security breaches of store payment systems in 2014.

Sandra Theresa Coleman from Wilmington is a regular shopper at Home Depot. Coleman said even though she was affected by news of the data breach, she too doesn't see the need in replacing her method of paying for her goods.

"I didn't actually have any [fraudulent] transactions,” said Coleman, “but my bank, as a precaution, gave me a new card because there was a breach at home depot."

Cybersecurity analysts have said the public may continue to see more data breaches in the future.

Researchers suggest some of the best ways for shoppers to protect their payment information is to check bank statements often, use a signature with debit cards instead of entering a PIN number, and use cash whenever possible.

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