Are stores safer after a breach? Or not?

Will Data Breaches Affect Where you Christmas Shop?

by Paige Estigarribia

The list of data breaches is growing. Most recently, it's been KMart and Home Depot. Last year it was Target. Who will be the next retailer heralding frightening headlines about compromised personal information? According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, so far in 2014, there have been 621 data breaches and 77,890,487 records exposed. Scary numbers, right? Are they enough to put a big "Yikes" on holiday shopping plans?

Realistically, there are two perspectives of thought:

First, after reviewing the list of retailers that have been breached, one could vow to cross those off the list as possible places to shop. One might think because these retailers have suffered security breaches in the past, any information might be at risk.

Christmas Shopping

Or on the other hand, one may be all for shopping at retailers who have been breached in the past, thinking because they've already been breached, surely they've amped up their security? The breaches may have identified holes that have since been filled, so those retailers may even be safer places to shop?

What's your take?

Paige Estigarribia is a writer for The Dollar Stretcher who enjoys writing about food, frugal living, and money-saving tips. Visit Paige on Google+.

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