December 9, 2014 2:09 am
“Millions of people look forward to the holidays all year because it’s a joyous time to be with friends and family,” said David Anderson, Director of Product at Protect Your Bubble. “Conversely, the holiday season also amplifies anxiety for many since there is a multitude of ways harm can find us, from increased travel headaches and damaged devices in the snow to malicious identity threats during times of increased online shopping.”
Among the highlights of the survey:
Home Security Concerns
Overall, the majority of respondents (68 percent) said they are most worried about a theft or burglary during the holidays. Fire damage while home or away represented 17 percent of concerns, while water damage while home or away represented 13 percent of concerns. In addition:
- More men are concerned with theft from their apartment or home, while most women are concerned with damage from pests or water.
In response to all the recent attention on data breaches, most women say they do not plan on changing their shopping habits when it comes to identity theft (51 percent), while most men (38 percent) say the recent data breaches concern them and they will step up their efforts to protect their identity this holiday season. In addition:
- Most men say they would use mobile payments about 50 percent of the time if it was as widely accepted as credit cards, while most women say they are still unsure of mobile technology.
- Most women are concerned with mechanical problems, while most men are concerned with getting prompt, in-home repairs.
- Women are more concerned with protecting the refrigerator and washing machine, while men are concerned about protecting the microwave. Women are also slightly more concerned with food spoilage in their refrigerator should mechanical problems or power surge occur.
Published with permission from RISMedia.