How to protect yourself from the Capital One data breach

On July 29, 2019, Capital One Financial Corporation disclosed that a data breach was discovered on July 19, 2019. They disclosed that the breach may have impacted as many as 100 million people in the United States and approximately 6 million people in Canada. The attacker extracted 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, in addition to an undisclosed number of names, addresses, credit scores, credit limits, balances and other information. 

Capital One indicated they will notify people affected by the breach and will make free credit monitoring and identity protection available. 

What can you do now?

If you think your information was compromised here are a few things that you can do to protect yourself:

  • A dedicated website, https://www.capitalone.com/facts2019/, has been created by Capital One for consumers to access additional information regarding the breach along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions. To access the FAQs, click here
  • Monitor your personal information and finances for any fraudulent activities.
  • Visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website, www.ftc.gov/idtheft, to obtain information about steps you can take to better protect against identity theft as well as information about fraud alerts and security freezes.

For more information regarding the breach from Capital One click here

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