Experts: Remain vigilant while holiday shopping

By UK CreditCards.com

Half of British consumers recognise the need to take particular care with their credit cards and personal information and have increased their security standards in the run-up to Christmas, a survey has found.

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More than two-thirds (71%) of people polled by Opinium Research on behalf of education campaign PayYourWay.org.uk said they were good at keeping their personal information safe.

Yet 70% admitted they had made common security mistakes on the high street or while shopping online.

For instance, 43% of 18 to 34-year-olds and 31% of over-55s said they used the same password for most online log-ins.

One in 10 respondents also admitted to sharing the PIN for their debit or credit card, while 22% of young people said they never checked their bank and card statements for unusual transactions.

Adrian Kamellard, chief executive of the Payments Council, urged consumers to keep their eyes open to the risk of fraud.

"Taking simple steps like shielding your PIN can help keep you safe without any effort," he advised.

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Published: 16 December 2011