Here are some steps to help protect yourself after a data breach:
- Check your credit reports from Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion – for free – by visiting annualcreditreport.com. Accounts or activity that you don’t recognize could indicate identity theft. Visit IdentityTheft.gov to find out what to do.
- Consider placing a credit freeze on your files. A credit freeze makes it harder for someone to open a new account in your name. Keep in mind that a credit freeze won’t prevent a thief from making charges to your existing accounts.
- Monitor your existing credit card and bank accounts closely for charges you don’t recognize.
- If you decide against a credit freeze, consider placing a fraud alert on your files. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in your name really is you.
- File your taxes early – as soon as you have the tax information you need before a scammer can. Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Respond right away to letters from the IRS.
These are some tips you should follow after a breach has occurred no matter how large or small the breach may be, you never know if you have been affected.
Visit: https://www.identitytheft.gov/#/Info-Lost-or-Stolen to learn more about protecting yourself after a data breach.
Unfortunately, data breaches are becoming all too common in our society now a days.