Credit Protection for those affected by the recent Home Depot breach
Free Credit Protection for those affected by the recent Home Depot breach
The recent security breach of Home Depot data is yet another reminder of just how easy it can be for our information and identity to be stolen. This latest attack on a big retailer is currently under investigation and the proper authorizes are working hard to figure out how this breach occurred.
In the meantime, Home Depot is taking immediate action to help those affected by offering free credit protection through AllClear ID. This complimentary service gives you free credit montitoring and identity theft protection. If you shopped at Home Depot since April 2014, you should definitely take advantage of this service. You can find out more about the AllClear ID and Home Depot promotion here. Home Depot is also stressing that all those that could have been affected to keep an eye on all your accounts and to change any pins or passwords associated with them. This is great advice for anyone that thinks that their information has been compromised.
Stay on top of your credit
This incident stresses the importance for all of us to keep a close eye on our credit card statements, bank statements and credit reports. If a huge company like Home Depot and Target can be attacked, then it is a safe bet that smaller shops and online stores that we all frequently shop at can also be victims if targeted.
It is very easy to stay on top of your credit reports, probably a lot easier than many may think. You have free annual access to your credit reports from the three main bureaus every year at www.annualcreditreport.com. This is a surprisingly uncomplicated process, it just takes a few minutes to do and is so extremely important. We urge you to check your credit every year for mistakes or identity theft concerns.
What to do if you see errors
If you spot errors or a possible identity theft on any of your credit reports, you need to take action immediately. Contact the credit bureaus, your banks and credit card companies if needed.
Getting help from attorneys is a great idea, especially if the errors or identity theft is causing major issues in your life. You can contact Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. at 877-735-8600. Our dedicated team of attorneys can help you through this process. The consequences of identity theft can be harsh and devastating. Find out more about what identity theft can do to you and your credit health here.