Data Breach Information
Published: May 2, 2018
In recent news, a number of businesses have reported data breaches. The number of consumers possibly affected by these data breaches can vary greatly depending on the size of the business and the types of services or products they offer.
If you believe you are a victim of a data breach, follow these steps to better protect your identity and personal information:
- If you have an account or signed up for any type of loyalty or rewards program with a business reporting a data breach, review your information with them immediately. Identify what information it contained and what can be potentially compromised. Look for any unauthorized activity, such as a change in address or telephone number.
- Pay extra attention to your account and billing statements. Check for charges that aren’t yours.
- Change all user access credentials. If you use the same passwords for other financial institutions, change them. Watch financial statements—on paper and online—for unauthorized transactions. Be aware of potential email, phone and snail-mail scams. Enable text and email alerts when possible.
- If you have access to any identity theft monitoring/protection services(s), we recommend you activate it as soon as possible.
Our partner, BALANCE, is also a resource for identity theft resolution guidance for all our members. BALANCE can review your credit report and assist with correcting any inaccuracies that appear. Visit our website at https://sccfcu.balancepro.org/programs for more information on free services from BALANCE.