Another massive data breach is in the headlines. This one follows on the heels of other high profile data breaches involving Target, Michael's, Mozilla, PF Chang's and many more.
Since data security is the responsibility of individual merchants and websites, there's not much that you as a consumer can do to prevent data breaches from occurring. However, you can take steps to prevent your identity from being compromised.
BBB urges you to make identity theft protection a routine priority. You should be proactive and vigilant to minimize the risk of identity theft for every member of your family by:
By taking these steps, you may be able to detect unauthorized activity earlier so that you can minimize the damage that identity theft can do.
For more information about protecting your identity, please visit www.bbb.org.
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