Many consumers worry about the safety of their financial info, not all protect it, survey says

Economic Indicators Associated Press

While the safety of their private financial information is a big deal for a lot of people, when it comes to protecting it, many are actually pretty lax, a new survey says.

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According to the phone survey commissioned by MasterCard, 77 percent of the 1,000 people polled say they're worried about their financial information being compromised.

And the same percentage of people say they're worried about their Social Security number staying private.

But 46 percent of those surveyed say they rarely or never change the passwords for their financial accounts. And 44 percent say they use the same password for multiple accounts.

In addition, 39 percent say they use public networks to access their financial information.

Experts say habits like those make people easy targets for hackers.