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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – News4 works for you to help protect yourself and your identity. It comes after more than a thousand people saw their information leaked at a Nashville business. We first told you about the Wise Staffing group on Tuesday.
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“If you have an online account or any kind of online presence and you have a credit history, your information has likely been compromised,” said Kevin Brasler of Consumers’ Checkbook, a consumer watchdog group in Washington, DC.
But the good news is, you have options even after your information has leaked. Of course, you want to change your passwords on everything first … but then what? “What you want to be the most careful to monitor and make sure you’ve locked it down are your retirement accounts and your investment accounts,” Brasler said.
It can be difficult to get your money back from these accounts, but when it comes to your credit cards, most companies offer protection. So you want to use a credit card as often as possible to pay for things. The best thing you can do to protect yourself from identity theft is to freeze the credit on all of your accounts. And you can do it for free!
“You just go to their websites, sign in using your information and say you freeze my credit,” Brasler said. This way, criminals cannot open an account in your name if they were able to access certain information.
It is of course not your fault that your personal information has been compromised somewhere you go. For example, a doctor’s office. But taking these steps as soon as you know about them can help protect your personal information.
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