As I have reminded you many times, we are only as safe and secure as the security of the companies and websites that have our personal information.  So even if you are extremely diligent in protecting your personal information, you can be in danger of identity theft and scams if your personal information falls into the hands of hackers.  Administrative staffing agency Career Group, Inc. suffered a data breach between June 28th and July 7th, which was discovered by the company in early July.  While the data breach occurred in late June and early July, the company is only now notifying its affected customers.  Included in the compromised data were names and Social Security numbers.  Social Security numbers in particular are treasured by identity thieves as information they can leverage to either access your accounts or to open bogus new accounts in your name.

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One important lesson is to limit the amount of personal information that you provide to companies and websites whenever possible.

Freezing your credit is something everyone should do.  It is free and easy to do.  In addition, it protects you from someone using your identity to obtain loans or make large purchases even if they have your Social Security number.  If you have not already done so, put a credit freeze on your credit reports at all of the major credit reporting agencies.  Here are links to each of them with instructions about how to get a credit freeze:

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