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Eight Steps to Take After a Data Breach

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Eight Steps to Take After a Data Breach

If you suffered a data breach, you might feel overwhelmed and unsure what to do next. Act quickly and take steps to protect yourself and your rights. At Laukaitis Law, we represent consumers in class action lawsuits against companies that fail to protect their customers’ personal information. If you have a question about a data breach, contact us today  free of charge.

Here are eight steps to take if you’ve been a victim of a data breach:

  1. Determine the Extent of the Breach. The first thing you should do after learning of a data breach is to find out what information has been compromised. This will help you understand the potential risks to better protect yourself. The company that suffered the breach should provide information about the type of data accessed and the time frame.
  2. Change All of Your Passwords. Changing your passwords for any accounts that may have been accessed due to the data breach is essential. Choose strong, unique passwords for each account, and consider using a password manager. And remember to use a different password for all of your accounts!
  3. Monitor Your Accounts. Keep a close eye on your bank and credit card statements, and report any unauthorized charges to your financial institution. Regularly checking your credit report for any suspicious activity is also a good idea. Act quickly and alert your financial institution if you spot a questionable charge.
  4. Consider Freezing Your Credit. Another way to protect yourself is to freeze your credit, preventing anyone from opening new accounts in your name. You can request a credit freeze through the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion) by contacting them online or by phone. Remember, a credit freeze may impact your ability to open new accounts or obtain credit, so you’ll need to plan ahead if you need to apply for a loan, mortgage, or credit card.
  5. Sign Up for Two-Factor Authentication. This type of security adds an extra layer of protection to your accounts by sending a code to your phone or email and your password. This can help prevent hackers from accessing your funds even if they manage to guess your password. Many online services and financial institutions offer two-factor authentication, so turn it on for any accounts that support it.
  6. Be Wary of Phishing Attacks. Hackers may try to prey on vulnerable data breach victims by sending fake emails or texts that appear to be from the company that suffered the breach. These phishing attacks may trick you into revealing your login information or personal details. Be suspicious of unsolicited messages, and never click on a link or enter your personal information unless you’re sure it’s legitimate.
  7. Take Advantage of Any Credit Monitoring or Identity Theft Protection Services Offered By the Company That Suffered the Breach. Some companies may provide free credit monitoring or identity theft protection to customers affected by a data breach. These services can alert you to suspicious activity on your credit report or assist you if you’ve been hacked. However, contact an experienced data breach attorney, like Laukaitis Law, before you agree to anything the company offers you.
  8. Consider Hiring a Lawyer. You may have legal options if you’ve been a data breach  victim. A class action lawyer  can help you understand your rights and options and represent you in a lawsuit against the company that failed to protect your personal information.

If you’ve suffered a data breach and are looking for help, turn to Laukaitis Law. We understand the stress and frustration of having your personal information compromised. We are here to help you take action and protect your rights.

Don’t let a data breach ruin your peace of mind. Contact Laukaitis Law for a free consultation and learn how we can help you get the justice you deserve.

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