If 2014 taught us anything it is that no one can ever be too prepared for a data breach; from government agencies to retail giants, sensitive personal data was—and still is—under attack.
Patches were applied and reactionary measures were implemented, but it is often difficult to recover from a data breach, especially when monetary damages climb into the millions.
It is very hard to comprehend how companies outside of the Fortune 500 can even stand a chance after a data breach. But the good news is that when it comes to protecting your sensitive personal data, preparation, hardware, and knowledge all play important parts.
The following are safety tips to help you stay protected.
1. Request for a new card immediately.
Most credit cards come with some type of liability protection. However, you must act quickly with debit cards in order to avoid full liability for unauthorized charges.
2. Get free fraud alerts on your credit report.
Many banks and credit card companies offer services to help protect consumers and businesses from data breaches and fraud. Many credit agencies offer this service for free. Find out what services your credit card company offers.
3. Check all your statements.
Regularly check your bank and credit card statements for any fraudulent activity. Search for any suspicious purchases and any unauthorized activity.
4. Do not share on social media.
Did you know that social media users have a greater risk for identify theft than the national average? Never share any personal data on social media. While this might seem obvious, using social media has become second nature for us today. However, many have become data breach and identify theft victims due to sharing too much on social media. Never share information about your hometown or even your birthday, and be sure that you tighten your privacy settings.
If you have been accused or even arrested by authorities because of data breach, immediately contact the Law Office of Paul J. Donnelly, P.A. and we will start fighting for your rights. Call us now at 305-757-3331.