Steps to take if your personal info is compromised


Another day, another set of customers’ personal data being exposed.

Now, according to security experts, Panera Bread has joined the list.

But in a world of ever changing technology, I.T. professionals know a data breach is nothing new.

Even worse, Franciscan University Director of IT Nancy Oliver said they’re not going away.

“You have to be very vigilant because there’s just things that change all the time. There’s people out there here’s trying to get into your systems, trying to get into your websites,  trying to see if there’s any information you haven’t secured and they’re trying to go after it,” Oliver said.

What do you do if a breach affects you?

Officials said the first step is to figure out what was taken.

That can range from your address and phone number, to your credit card information or social security number.

Then, it’s time to address technology.

“Change your passwords, watch any credit cards that you have, and watch your statements. There’s credit monitoring services out there that can help you do that and send you alerts when they see potential fraudulent activity,” Oliver said.

Of course, even if a breach hasn’t affected you, it’s still very important to protect yourself.

Officials advise installing a firewall on your computer and keeping your usernames and passwords private.

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