FCC: Data breaches and you – a new video

Data breaches and you – a new video

By the FTC, Division of Consumer & Business Education

Another data breach. And this time, it’s your personal information. Take a deep breath. Then check out this new video from the FTC.

Go to https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/data-breaches-and-you-new-video?utm_source=govdelivery

The video walks you through the steps to take if your information was part of a data breach:

What if your Social Security number was exposed? Or an online login or password? Or your child’s information? Relax. IdentityTheft.gov/databreach covers all that and more. Like:

  • For Social Security numbers – Order a free copy of your credit report at annualcreditreport.com. Make sure there are no unexpected charges or accounts.
  • For an online login or password – Log in to your account and change your password. If you use the same password other places, change those too.
  • For a child’s information – Place a credit freeze, if that service is available in your state. A credit freeze makes it hard for someone to open new accounts in your child’s name. To learn more, visit IdentityTheft.gov/child.

After a data breach, our big fear is that someone will misuse our exposed personal information. If that happens to you, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and get a personal recovery plan. Because recovering from identity theft – and data breaches – is easier with a plan.

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