Update on Recent Data Breaches

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As a follow up to my recent posts “MyFitnessPal Data Breach” and “Now it’s Lord & Taylor and Saks” I wanted to share an email I received today from ID Shield, a service I subscribe to through my employer.

ID Shield


What you need to know about two recent breaches:

Saks-Lord & Taylor and MyFitnessPal 


Dear Valued Member:

As part of the IDShield family, we want to make you aware of recent large data breaches that have the potential to cause concern among consumers.

THIS MESSAGE IS NOT AN ALERT THAT YOU ARE AFFECTED

BY EITHER OF THESE BREACHES.

We hope these breaches don’t affect you. However, since you have IDShield protection, we can alert you to potential threats to your identity and have experts ready to assist with those threats, should it be needed.

Saks-Lord & Taylor

More than five million credit and debit card numbers from in-store customers of Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, mostly in New York and New Jersey, have been stolen. At this time, it is unknown if any personal data of these customers has been exposed; the stores’ e-commerce platforms do not appear to have been affected.

What you should do: If you made any purchase at a Saks or Lord & Taylor store between May 2017 and March 2018, monitor your card’s activity. The easiest way to do this is to sign up for transaction alerts on your credit card accounts so you will be notified of any activity in real-time. Ensure that you’ve activated all of the monitoring available to you through your IDShield membership by visiting myidshield.com. We will alert you if there are any changes in account activity, such as a new address, credit limit increase, past due status, etc.

MyFitnessPal

Approximately 150 million MyFitnessPal accounts were hacked in February. According to parent company Under Armour, the compromised data includes usernames, encrypted passwords and email addresses but not bank account, driver’s license or Social Security numbers.

What you should do: MyFitnessPal is notifying its members of the breach and requiring them to change their account password. If you were using that password for any other online account(s), you should change the password on those as well, choosing a unique password for each account.

IDShield is here for you.

As always, we will keep a close eye out for suspicious use of your personal information and alert you should we find anything you may need to be aware of.

Sincerely,

IDShield Member Services

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