Protecting your accounts after Target data breach

, Posted: Fri, January 10 2014 at 5:48 PM, Updated: Sat, January 11 2014 at 12:45 PM

Target announced Friday morning that the number of customers affected by a data breach during the holiday shopping season was much higher than previously thought.

Last month, Target announced that about 40 million credit and debit cards may have been affected by a data breach between November 27 and December 15.

The company said names, telephone numbers, mailing and e-mail addresses for up to 70 to 110 million customers were also stolen.

While local credit experts say you should always be monitoring your accounts, they recommend taking action.

Councilors from the Southern Oregon Consumer Credit Counseling say that you should cancel your credit or debit cards immediately and take no chances.

They also recommend checking your credit reports from each of the three major credit bureaus.

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