Will you change your online shopping habits?

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Earlier this week mobile phone operator Talk Talk had a major security breach, and today we hear that the Marks and Spencer website was suspended after shocked customers got access to other shoppers’ personal details.

Shoppers registered for the online service reported being able to see other people’s dates of birth, addresses and purchases as they clicked through to place orders. The website was taken down last night and replaced with a message reading: “We’re making some improvements.”

In light of the TalkTalk incident it doesn’t inspire confidence, although a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with this hacking attack has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

More than 600,000 customers in the UK had their personal details stolen in 2014, according to experts.

Many of the thefts took place in unreported incidents, the information security company Symantec said.

The figure was backed by unnamed government officials, who also said that “tens of thousands” of Britons’ identities are for sale on the dark web.

The Internet has changed our lives in so many positive ways, and it is virtually impossible to enjoy these benefits without sharing our personal details.

How does this make you feel?  Do you have increasing concerns about how safe your financial data is on the Internet? Will you alter your shopping habits? Or do the benefits of using the Internet in your day to day life out way any potential security risk?

Will you change your online shopping habits?

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major red
19th Aug 2016
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ment to say no i hit yes
15th Nov 2015
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We continue to hear about Security Security This and That, It would seem most of the propaganda is BS when two fifteen year old boys can put a stop to a large concern such as Talk Talk.
What happened to Talk Talk's security expert advisors
30th Oct 2015
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Having said NO, I am more cautious about using the internet, especially as I read yesterday that British Gas customers had had their account details revealed somehow online. I never save my details, always delete card numbers never storing them in the online account with Amazon say. I like to think that gives me a little protection. And I don't belong to other social media sites, this is the only site of its kind that I contribute to, and that not very often. I do have a blog, but again, have the minimum amount of information on my bio, and never reveal my regular name or any indication about where I live, but that's more to do with being a private person than worried about security.
29th Oct 2015
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I am retired and do not have a car so on line shopping is the best thing since sliced bread as far as I am concerned. No trailing out to a supermarket on dreary wet and cold days like today, comparing different stores at the touch of a button without trailing round the horrible out of town, hard to access shopping centres. Coffee and a bun while I do it without having to fork out a small fortune for the privilege - can't fault it.
30th Oct 2015
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I agree with all your reasons .... at any time of year, online shopping is by far the easiest. No noisy kids, no gossiping women standing in the middle of the aisles, and as you say, you can have a cuppa without paying the exorbitant prices charged in coffee shops and the like.
Jo Kingham
28th Oct 2015
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I don't have any problems with shopping online or through the recent events are a little scary. I never store my payment details though and will continue to do that. Generally the benefits definitely outweigh the risks.
28th Oct 2015
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Myself and my wife have been shopping online for years now with our weekly supermarket shop from Tesco or Waitrose which has saved us countless hours shopping at local supermarkets-thank goodness those days are gone! Luckily we have never seen a problem on any of those sites. I also play the lottery every week with a few quid and likewise always been fine. There will always be glitches in new inventions-look at aeroplanes! and I am sure these big companies will get it all sorted out.
28th Oct 2015
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I have just been watching the security hiccup by dear old M&S. What fascinates me is it doesn't seem to matter how big the company is they still get these glitches but then that's not unexpected when you think how complicated these systems must be and we are still only 20 years into the internet. I don't have any worries at all about shopping online. Do it all the time especially on Amazon and on the trainline and also easyjet. Always works fine and is so much better than going out round the shops or into a travel agent. Even though I am retired I have much better things to do with my life.

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