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.
The video walks you through the steps to take if your information was part of a data breach:
- Visit IdentityTheft.gov/databreach to get detailed advice, based on the type of information exposed.
- If the breached company offers you free credit monitoring, take advantage of it.
- Consider placing a fraud alert or credit freeze.
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.