Three tips to protect yourself from hackers – EastTexasMatters.com
Massive data breaches are becoming more prevalent.
One of the most recent ones involved the largest hotel chain in the word, Marriott, in which the information of some 500 million people was exposed.
Experts say these large-scale hacks will continue.
Names, phone numbers even passport numbers can be stolen, but massive data breaches don’t shock us the way they used to.
Matt Schulz, CompareCards.com: “They’re becoming white noise to a lot of consumers. There’s just so many of them that they don’t resonate like they used to with people.”
Experts say these privacy breaches should be a wake up call.
Here are three tips experts say you should follow to protect yourself.
Number one, 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.
Matt Schulz, CompareCards.com: “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.”
Tip three, get a credit freeze.
Matt Schulz, CompareCards.com: “It’s the nuclear option of identity theft protection. And what it does is it keeps somebody, including you, from acquiring credit in your name.”
And remember, change your passwords often and don’t repeat it for every account.
Matt Schulz, CompareCards.com:”You don’t want to make bad guy’s job any easier than they already are.”