DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Massive data breaches are becoming more prevalent and experts say these large-scale hacks will continue, but there are things you can do to avoid becoming a victim.
One of the most recent hacks involved the largest hotel chain in the world: Marriott.
The information of some 500 people was exposed, including phone numbers and even passport numbers.
Matt Schulz of website, CompareCards.com, says these massive data breaches don’t shock us the way they used to.
“They’re becoming white noise to a lot of consumers,” Schulz said. “There’s just so many of them that they don’t resonate like they used to with people.”
But he says these privacy breaches should be a wake-up but there are three tips you should follow to protect yourself.
First, check your online financial statements for signs of identity theft on your credit cards and bank accounts.
Number two, check your credit score. Experts say it’s the only way to really find out if someone has stolen your identity.
“If you have time to check Facebook and Instagram ten times a day, you have plenty of time to do identity theft checks. It’s really important,” Schulz says.
Thirdly, get a credit freeze.
“It’s the nuclear option of identity theft protection,” Schulz said. “And what it does is it keeps somebody including you from acquiring credit in your name.”
Also remember: Change your passwords often and don’t repeat it for every account.
“You don’t want to make bad guy’s job any easier than they already are,” Schulz said.
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