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Your Social Security at Risk With Major Online Data Breaches

Identification documents (social security, driver license and credit cards) in hand of thief, isolated on white.

It’s no exaggeration. Online data breaches can expose the personal information of hundreds of millions of consumers to online thieves and hackers in an instant. The stolen personal information can include Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, and driver’s license numbers.

That’s not the worst of it. Experts warn that these data breaches at corporations can lead to identity theft, putting you at risk.

There are two important steps you need to take:

#1 Find out if you are affected by the hack. Review your personal account statements and credit reports to check for incidents of fraud. You can also request a copy of your credit report online at www.annualcreditreport.com.

#2 Sign up for a identity theft protection and monitoring service. Qualifying AOL customers can purchase Identity Guard or they can activate LifeLock if they already have it through an AOL plan.

If you notice any unauthorized activity on your accounts, immediately report it to your bank and/or credit card company. If you believe you’ve been a victim of identity theft, you should also contact your local law enforcement.