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What Should You Do After Target’s Data Security Breach?

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Today it was revealed that up to 110-million customers may be affected by the continuing Target data security breach. So what should you do to protect yourself? I cancelled my debit card today & requested a new one. In a report by USA Today, here’s what Greg McBride with BankRate.com says we should do to protect ourselves.

  1. Monitor your account. Regularly check your debit & credit card statements to see if there’s anything unusual.
  2. Watch out for e-mail scams. Hackers may now have your e-mail address, and may attempt to lure you into providing account and security info by posing as store or bank websites (known as phishing).
  3. Get your credit report regularly. You should be able to get three per year from each of the major reporting agencies. This is a good way to make sure someone hasn’t opened accounts in your name.

A story on NBCNews.com adds these suggestions:

  • To be safe, cancel your debit or credit card and get a new number.
  • Contact the three credit reporting agencies and request a credit freeze, or the less drastic fraud alert. Contact Equifax.com or (800) 525-6285 , experian.com or (888) 397-3742, and transunion.com or (800) 680-7289.

Good thing my Target Redcard is maxed out. They will be disappointed hackers if they try to use it.

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