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What to Do When You’re the Victim of a Credit Breach

Nearly half of cardholders were victims of a data breach within the last year. Here…

  • October 3, 2020

Nearly half of cardholders were victims of a data breach within the last year. Here are tips on how to protect yourself, from credit card comparison site CompareCards:

Considering that 47% of cardholders reported that their personal information was exposed in a data breach over the past year (with 14% experiencing this more than once), consumers may want to take stronger steps to protect their identity.

Freeze your credit. With a credit freeze, or security freeze, you can restrict access to your credit reports and prevent others from opening new credit-related accounts with your information.

Sign up for identity theft alerts. There are a handful of companies on the market that can provide services for monitoring identity theft, as well as keeping an eye out for Social Security number scanning.

Create safe digital habits. Set calendar reminders to change important passwords often and learn to recognize the signs of phishing emails and other online scams.