If an institution you’re involved with experienced a data breach, you’re understandably concerned that your personal information may have been compromised and is at risk.
Start by contacting financial institutions like your bank and mortgage lender, and let them know about the breach. Once they’re informed, they can keep an eye out for any suspicious activity.
You should keep an eye out for suspicious activity, too. Take a close look at your billing statements regularly and monitor them for any charges you didn’t make. In addition to your billing and financial statements, be sure to closely check your credit report for anything fishy as well.
If a hacker has your information, they may try to apply for credit cards or loans under your name. Locking or freezing your credit reports with all three credit bureaus will ensure that they’re unsuccessful in doing so.
Finally, it’s always wise to change your passwords after your data has potentially been exposed. Including numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters will ensure your password is strong and tough to crack.
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