As you are all aware, Target recently had an extremely large security breach. As a result, more than 100 million customers’ information was taken, which leaves all of the vulnerable to potential identity theft.
In order to ensure your information is safe, take a minute to contact your bank and get your card closed down. They can issue a new card and cancel the other ones, so if they were stolen, no charges can be made. In addition, watch your bank account carefully. The transactions to really watch for are small ones, such as $0.01 – $0.05 as those are normally test transactions to see if the card works. They will often be charged and then reversed, which is another flag.
Target is wanting to ensure it’s guests do not suffer adverse side affects due to the breach. They are offering all customers a FREE 12 month service to ProtectMyID from Experian. Here is what Target says about signing up:
- Visit creditmonitoring.target.com to request an activation code. Guests will be required to submit their name and an email address. After submitting their information, Target will email guests within 1-5 days with their unique activation code and directions for how to enroll in ProtectMyID. Guests should look for this email and check that it does not end up in a “junk” mailbox. Emails collected during this process will only be used for the purpose of sending an activation code for free credit monitoring.
- After guests receive their activation code from Target, they may visit www.protectmyid.com/target and use the code to start the enrollment process. It will be important for guests to verify the code they enter matches the notification they received from Target. Also, guests must be sure to click the red “Click to Redeem Your Activation Code” button (or use the “ENTER” key).
- Enroll in ProtectMyID: Guests will need to provide Experian with personal information, such as name, address, date of birth and social security number. Experian asks for personal information so that identities can be verified during the registration process and future log-ins. This is strictly a security measure to ensure no one else, including Target, will have access to your information.
- After completing these steps, guests can begin to take advantage of all the ProtectMyID features.
You can read more about this service HERE.