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Big company customer data breach? How to protect yourself

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Credit cards often have a limit and are not connected to other accounts such as a savings or checking, thieves wont be able to hack in to other accounts. Credit cards often have a limit and are not connected to other accounts such as a savings or checking, thieves wont be able to hack in to other accounts.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

KHQ reached out to a local information security company and the Better Business Bureau to see how consumers can protect themselves from massive data breaches. 

Chelsea Maguire with the Better Business Bureau said using a credit card instead of a debit card for online shopping or big box stores is one way to help make safer purchases. Maguire says that because credit cards often have a limit and are not connected to other accounts such as a savings or checking, thieves won't be able to hack in to other accounts.

KHQ also spoke with a representative with Intrinium, a Spokane company that works with information security. They said customers have the right to ask questions and hold the companies where they shop accountable in how they keep and store their consumer information. They also said shopping with cash will typically leave your identity and personal information out of the purchase. Many data hackers will use online forums to find companies and databases to hack and compromise. It can take several days or several minutes to hack in to a companies database where consumer information is held.

Several major companies have experienced consumer data breaches recently. Most notable perhaps is Target's data breach that affected up to 70 million customers. 

Community Health Systems, a Tennessee company which also owns Rockwood Health Systems in Spokane, announced it had a data breach recently where patient information was stolen. The company said no medical or credit card information was taken in the cyber attack. 

Look for the full story tonight on KHQ Local News 5 and 6.

 

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