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Recent news articles about major retailers who have suffered from customer data breaches have led many people to learn how to minimize the damage a hacker can do to their finances. If your information was part of a breach, the most immediate risk is that the thieves may make unauthorized charges or debits to your accounts. SOLUTION: Keep a close eye on your account activity and report suspicious transactions immediately to your bank or credit card provider. The sooner you tell your provider about any unauthorized debits or charges, the better off you’ll be.

Four Steps You Can Take

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has good information if you think your credit or debit card data has been breached with their article, Four steps you can take if you think your credit or debit card data was hacked.

Signs of Identity Theft

Credit.com lists some early signs to look for if your identity has been compromised: 8 Signs Your Identity Has Been Compromised.