Credit Card Breaches Happen: What You Can Do to Protect Yourself

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Target, The Home Depot, and Kmart are just a few companies that were hit by a recent credit card breach. And the undeniable truth is it’s only a matter of time before another company makes headline news.

With the holiday season just around the corner, finding the perfect gift is on the minds of many consumers. In spite of the massive credit card breaches that have happened this year, a recent study by Deloitte found that while 42 percent of consumers are concerned about their personal data when making in-store purchases, 56 percent will still shop at retailers that have experienced a data breach. What this implies is that many consumers have accepted credit card breaches to be the norm.

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Why You Should Take Your Passwords Seriously

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Unfamiliar messages. Passwords that no longer work. These are just two of the many clues that cybercriminals have gotten a hold of your password and broken into your account.

With the password compromised, the first step is to regain control over the account by changing passwords and checking configuration settings to make sure nothing has changed. However, if the root problem (how the passwords were successfully stolen) is not fixed, then the accounts will just get compromised again and again. That’s why it’s important to take your passwords seriously and to make sure they are strong.
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