Target Reveals 70 Million Affected By Security Breach, Offers Free Credit Protection

The massive Target data breach won’t be escaping people’s minds anytime soon. What began as a case of credit card hacking turned into much more when Target released that hackers have PIN numbers as well. The latest news shows that even more secure data may be exposed than initially expected.

Target Security Breach

In a recent report on the breach, Target officials stated, “At this time, the investigation has determined that the stolen information includes names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses for up to 70 million people.”

In one of the largest security breaches in retail history, problems stretch much further than stolen credit card information. Experts fear the power of hackers. With the substantial amount of information at their fingertips, the threat of identity theft should be at the top of everyone’s minds.

In an attempt to waive the uncertainties of stolen information, Target announced that they would offer one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection to all Target guests who shopped at U.S. stores. Target chose ProtectMyID, an information services company that helps individuals check their credit reports, as well as monitor for and resolve identity theft.

How to enroll:

1. Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code. Guests will be required to submit their name and an email address. Guests will receive a unique activation code and directions on enrollment within 1-5 days.
2. After guests receive their activation code from Target, they may visit www.protectmyid.com/target and use the code to start the enrollment process.
3. Click the red “Click to Redeem Your Activation Code” button and begin taking advantage of all the ProtectMyID features.

Shoppers have until April 23 to register for their activation code. All codes must be redeemed by April 30.

Signing up for the free credit protection is only one step in avoiding identity theft. Criminals now have access to an abundance of information. Always be on guard to secure data. Routinely check your bank account for suspicious activity. Also, since email and mailing addresses have been exposed, look out for scams. Secure data by never giving out your personal information.

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