Paper or Plastic? Shoppers Returning to Cash After Breaches

In Silicon Beat it has been reported that in the aftermath of the high profiles security breaches of major retailers such as Target, PF Chang’s, Neiman Marcus, and Michael’s, many wary shoppers are returning to cash as a more secure form of payment.  A recent survey showed that following a breach, 64% of people responding to the poll said they would be using cash in the future, with millennials being more likely to use cash than other demographic groups.

Nevertheless, of those polled, 80% believed their financial accounts to be adequately secure, with 73% believing the same about their credit and debit card accounts.  This would seem to indicate that people become more security conscious after they have suffered a loss or exposure. 


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