"Home Depot has confirmed that its six-month long breach compromised approximately 56 million credit and debit cards, making it the largest retail card breach in history.
The compromised cards were used mainly at registers in the self check-out lanes at Home Depot stores throughout the U.S. and Canada, according to a report by security journalist Brian Krebs who first broke the story of the Home Depot breach."
You may remember back over the summer I shared a post about personal identity theft and introduced you all to LifeLock and their services. As a thank you for sharing about LifeLock I was given a year's membership to their protection service. And, boy has this membership come in handy. Not only do I get alerts when a credit card company looks at my credit report or inquires on my credit, but when there are date breaches like the one at Home Depot, LifeLock is the first to notify me.
Want to know what is scary? LifeLock was the first to notify me of the Home Depot data beach, and gave me steps to check and see if my credit was compromised. They also offered up useful tips to protect me and my credit from potential future data breaches, which seem to be happening more frequently nowadays. A week after I was notified by email and phone from LifeLock, I received a generic letter in the mail from Home Depot explaining what had happened. A little late, as the story broke on television and was all the buzz on the Internet prior to their letter arriving.
Home Depot offered free identity protection services for those who may have used their payment systems from April onward. But, after experiencing a similar data breach last year with Target, I found that this so-called free identity protection service is not really free. Yes, they check your credit reports for you, but if you want to continue with the service or get added protection, it will cost you. So much for showing your loyalty and support to your customers for a data breach that could result in a identity theft, unauthorized charges, etc.
Ever since enrolling in the LifeLock program, I have been able to breath a little easier, knowing that they are there 24/7 watching over my personal credit information, as well as informing when about potential harm including notifying me when a sex offender moves into the area. Little extras like this make me love LifeLock and want to rave about their services with family and friends.
LifeLock Provides 3 Layers of Protection
"When news of a potential Home Depot breach was released, LifeLock shared these tips to help better protect consumers against identity theft as a result of a date breach:With exceptional services like LifeLock's new LifeLock Ultimate Plus program (sign up now and use promo code "breachwatch" to save 10% off membership), members can take advantage of several new activity alerts that add peace of mind against identity fraud in a digitally connected world. Consumers can find added protection and peace of mind knowing that LifeLock is helping to monitor their accounts, and will notify them of suspicious activity.
You really can't put a price tag on this peace of mind. But, just think of the tens of thousands of dollars that you could be out if you don't monitor your credit cards and reports and find out too late that your identity has been stolen. You'll then find yourself spending a year or more trying to fix your credit, while expressing sleepless nights, stress, fighting with your significant other, etc.
Save yourself headaches and worrying about identity theft and what if's of things like data breaches, by enrolling in a LifeLock program today. You will be glad you did! This is definitely one investment I will be making each year, and suggesting to family and friends.
Once you enroll in LifeLock and see everything that is offered to members, you, too, will be impressed and find yourself raving about LifeLock, too!
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