How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Does This Look Right?

Check your banking and credit card statements for any unauthorized activity. Notify your banking institutions if you see anything suspicious.

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Stay Current

If you do shop, bank or do anything else online that requires you to disclose personal information, make sure that your system is up to date with patches, that you are running anti-virus software and that you have a firewall turned on.

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Phish Are Foul

Know a phish when you see it, and make sure your friends and family do too.

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Watch Your Apps

Limit the download of apps onto your personal computer (especially if you have IM-loving kids in the house).

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Don\t Lose That Number

Disclose only the information that is absolutely necessary, and never give out your Social Security number.

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Look & Listen

Read/watch/listen to the news--every day. Theres nary a day that goes by that some data loss or theft isnt reported. You can never let your guard down when it comes to your personal information, but you need to be especially vigilant when you hear ab

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Important Contacts

If your personal data has been put in jeopardy, contact the credit reporting agencies and put a fraud alert on your account. (Equifax can be reached at 800-525-6285; Experian at 888-397-3742; and TransUnion at 800-680-7289.) You need to contact only on

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Know Your History

Get a copy of your credit report, and scrutinize it for any unauthorized activity. Under the FACT Act amendments to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, you are entitled to one free credit file disclosure per year. You must make the request by phone, at (877) F

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Take Action

Contact your credit card companies, and let them know that your data is at risk. Put a fraud alert on your account, or, if you think theres a good chance of your data being abused, close your old accounts and open new ones.

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Get More Help

Use these resources for more information:FTCs Fighting Back Against ID Theft

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How to Safeguard Your Personal Data -- Before, During and After a Breach - Conclusion

Whats wrong with this picture? You must do all of these things. Its time for the institutions that have our personal information in hand to step up and apply real safeguards--and to proactively protect and serve consumers if those safeg

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