Data breaches can put your social security number, your passwords and even your credit card information into the wrong hands.
Industry experts say there are 1,500 large-scale data breaches on average each year and the trend continues to grow. Some companies will inform you of a data breach and what information is at risk. You can also look online yourself to find out what information was compromised. This website will tell you if it is your email address, phone number, or password.
If you get an alert your password was compromised, change it right away. You also need to be on guard for scammers reaching out to you about a bogus data breach. Mallory Wojciechowski with the Better Business Bureau of North Carolina says: “They may reach out to you and say your information has been compromised, click this link for more information and that can be a scam. So if you do receive an email such as that, we advise reaching out to the company directly to see if you truly were impacted.”
Always consider two-factor authentication for an extra layer of protection. If your social security number or financial information were part of a data breach, freezing your credit is a smart option since it restricts access to your credit history.
The Better Business Bureau provides these tips to avoid Data Breach scams:
- Check to see if you’ve…