A major credit reporting firm recently announced a data breach that has affected the personal information of 143 million people. This is one of the largest data breaches in history, and it has left many people wondering if their personal information is now at risk.
If you are a Credit Karma member, you may wonder if the breach will affect your personal information. The good news is that Credit Karma does not believe that any of its members’ personal information was compromised in the breach. However, it is always important to be vigilant about protecting your personal information, and there are some steps you can take to help protect yourself from identity theft.
Here are some tips to help protect your personal information:
– Check your credit report regularly. You are entitled to one free credit report per year from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. Checking your credit report regularly can help you spot any suspicious activity.
– Be cautious about giving out your personal information. Don’t give out your Social Security number or other personal information unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with.
– Protect your computer with security software. Ensure your computer has up-to-date antivirus and anti-spyware software and that your firewall is turned on.
– Don’t open email attachments from people you don’t know. Email attachments can contain viruses that can infect your computer.
– Be careful about what you post on social media. Don’t post personal information or photos that could be used to steal your identity.
Contact the Federal Trade Commission and the three major credit reporting agencies if you think you may have been a victim of identity theft. You will also want to file a police report.
Identity theft can be a stressful and frustrating experience, but there are steps you can take to recover. Taking some simple preventive measures can help protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft.