I don't know about you but I have been effected by a number of data breaches this year. The recent ones with Home Depot, Michael's, and Goodwill had me scared. I'm gearing up for some major DIY projects and use these stores quite frequently. Now that we have more space, I have room for home decor and improvement projects. I'd hate to have something like a data breach turn my $20 project into a identity theft nightmare.
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I'm also sick of changing my password to made up meaningless long streams that I have trouble memorizing only to have to do it over again. It would be nearly impossible for me stop using credit cards as I do a lot of online shopping and bill paying online. My only option is to be more proactive and protect my data from breaches.
What is LifeLock®?
If you're not familiar with LifeLock®, they provide identity protection services by monitoring over a trillion data points 24/7/365 and searching for identity threats to members.
With the patented LifeLock Identity Alert® system, as soon as a threat is detected you receive notification via text, phone or email to help stop criminals before they do damage to your identity.
If your identity is ever compromised, specialists will handle your case every step of the way. Plus, it’s all backed by a $1 Million Total Service Guarantee.
After the Home Depot breach, LifeLock® released a few tips on how to protect your data:
Ways to Protect Data From a Breach
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 Credit cards offer more protection and less risk because funds are not directly withdrawn from your bank account as they are with a debit card.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: Follow the investigation and watch for news and communication from the place where the breach occurred.
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.