Is anyone’s data safe anymore? Drum roll… Premera Blue Cross Data Breach!! Wait a minute it was only a short time ago that we heard there was breach with Anthem. What we found interesting is that for some reason unless we were so busy we missed it on the news, that it didn’t seem to get the same attention as the Anthem breach.
Like we said in the beginning, is anyone’s data safe anymore? When it comes to the Premera Blue Cross breach, it appears this one spanned eight months and only got released in March. Whoaaa!! How does that not come to the light before eight months passed? That doesn’t seem timely to us. If I was someone who was reading this and had Premera Blue Cross, I’d be running to check my credit report and see if anything has been compromised. 11 Million people were affected!!
Granted my wife is one for always monitoring bank accounts and credit reports to ensure things are in tact. Yet everyone is not like that. That’s one advantage to her having a personal finances background and even having taken several courses on identity theft. She is forever paying attention to what is happening. There was one instance where she caught a retail store in Chicago had punched in a customer’s card wrong and ended up with a charge on her card. She caught it within hours and all was corrected.
When you are a victim of identity theft, we recommend the following:
(1) Notify your bank so they can be aware of any fradulent activity
(2) Notify the credit bureaus so they can put a freeze on your account.
(3) File a police report as well.
(4) If it was a credit card that was used, notify the credit card customer service and get it cancelled.
These steps are for your protection.
We saw where Premera Blue Cross said they would be offering some type of credit protection.