Security Breaches Affecting Online Shopping Habits

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Concerns about having personal and financial information stolen have made some Americans afraid to shop online.

According to a USA TODAY poll, nearly one in four of 790 Internet users surveyed said they hadn’t purchased anything online in the past several weeks because of the massive breaches that affected Target and eBay, among other companies.

In addition, 56 percent of respondents said they were visiting fewer sites while visiting more established companies they believed were reasonably secure from hackers.

While this certainly isn’t good news for many companies, this new wariness of possibly having personal data stolen has made people more vigilant, with 55 percent of those polled saying they've begun to regularly check banking, investment and credit card sites.

The USA TODAY survey also asked whether people had changed their passwords to protect against hacking and 64 percent admitted they did, although the percentage was higher among those with more education and more income.

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