DATA BREACH: Steps you should take to keep your information safe

RAPID CITY, S.D. — More than half of American adults were impacted by recent Equifax data breach settlement and the data breach at Capital One. So we wasn’t to know how can we protect ourselves from becoming one of the millions of victims?

Terry Mills with Consumer Credit Counseling Services of the Black Hills spoke to NewsCenter1 about some ways that you can prevent yourself and your information from getting into the wrong hands.  “Always protect yourself and monitor your credit yourself. You can get a free copy of your credit once a year. You can go to one site called annual credit report dot com and get a free copy of it and I encourage people to do that because you’re responsible for the activity on your credit report. Not the furniture company or the credit card company. So you want to make sure is that everyone is reporting your information correctly and accurately because that effects your credit score and then you want to make sure that no one is using your information inappropriately like identity theft.”

The Federal Trade Commission is now urging consumers to be on the look out for fake websites that are claiming to be the Equifax settlement claims website. They sent out a Tweet on Monday urging people to only apply for claims through the link on the actual FTC website or on the official settlement website. To check and see if you have a claim, click here to visit the FTC’s official Equifax data breach website or click here to check on the Equifax data breach website.

“Just be really careful with your information because we don’t know what people are going to do with it. Identity theft is the fastest growing crime in America. 15 straight years the Federal Trade Commission says that’s their biggest complaint and it’s just going to get worse,” added Mills.

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