Within the first six months of 2012 there have already been 213 data breaches from various sources, ranging from medical centers, universities and online websites. Ninety six (45.1%) of these breaches involved the exposure of Social Security Numbers and forty one (19.2%) involved the exposure of a credit or debit card.
If you have been involved in a data breach you want to make sure you have taken the proper preventative measures. If your Social Security number has been exposed you should place a fraud alert with one of the three major credit agencies, Equifax, TransUnion or Experian. If a debit of credit card has been exposed make sure to have that card cancelled and a new one reissued.
If you have been involved in a data breach or have questions, contact InfoArmor.
Source: “Knowing less and less about less and less”, ITRC. Retrieved August 2,2012.<http://www.idtheftcenter.org/artman2/publish/m_press/Breaches_2012_First_Half.shtml>