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A few months ago I had went grocery shopping as I do every weekend. The day wasn’t a special day and didn’t have anything really significant going on. Except something did happen to me that day that I just didn’t know about. My identification, along with thousands of others, was stolen in a data breach. This wasn’t the first time a store I frequently shop at had a breach and it hasn’t been the last. So far 3 of my main stores have been hit within the last year. More than likely those were your stores also; so you understand, but that doesn’t mean any of us have to take it. Here are some great tips on how to protect yourself from LifeLock Ultimate Plus.
When news of the Home Depot breach came just weeks ago, LifeLock was there to help consumers understand how to protect themselves with these 5 steps.
- Monitor your transactions: Keep an eye on the activity on your credit and debit card accounts, looking for any charges that don’t seem to be yours.
- Report suspicious transactions immediately: If you see a card transaction—even a small one—that doesn’t look right, contact the card issuer immediately. The phone number is on the back of your card.
- Order a new debit card: If you believe your debit card number was compromised, don’t wait for fraudulent charges to start appearing on your statement. Request a new card from your bank. This way, you reduce the chances of a criminal depleting your bank account, and you avoid potential challenges in recovering your funds. Credit cards offer more protection and less risk because funds are not directly withdrawn from your bank account as they are with a debit card.
- Follow the story: Investigation of this crime is still under way. Watch for news and communication from Home Depot.
- Consider using an identity protection service: LifeLock provides identity protection products and services you can count on. In fact, with LifeLock Advantage™ and LifeLock Ultimate Plus™, we can help you detect fraudulent activity with alerts for cash withdrawals, balance transfers and large purchases within our extensive network.
Thieves can collect everything from your email to your health information in a data breach; for the benefit of a little cash to having your identity for employment, tax or loan fraud. In fact, you can read on the statistics at LifeLock Identity Theft News that in 2010 over 16 million records were exposed with over 600 data breaches. Out of all of these, only 7% of U.S. consumers were even notified. Personally, I hadn’t known anything about the Home Depot breach until LifeLock alerted me! I can’t protect myself if I am not aware that I am a victim, so I’m thankful that there is someone looking out for my family.
LifeLock is offering everyone 10% OFF through the Promo Code: breachwatch Simply enter it in when you enroll. They are offering a new service called LifeLock Ultimate Plus that offers consumers more alerts to keep track of their information; whether that is your bank card or your credit information. Being aware is the first step, taking charge of your identity comes next. So the next time you are out and about on your normal routine, you can shop safe and let them worry about the rest.