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The year 2018 was memorable for many reasons – some good, some bad. One unfortunate noteworthy tidbit about 2018 is that it was marked by a significant number of major companies announcing data breaches. Millions, if not billions, of people around the world were affected.
Marriott hotels is the latest company to reveal it was victimized by hackers. In November 2018, the hotel chain announced that data of about half a billion patrons of its Starwood hotels had been accessed by hackers. Beginning in 2014, hackers illegally accessed the chain’s reservations database, which includes such sensitive personal information as mailing addresses, credit card information, and passport data.
If you stayed at a Starwood property on or before September 10, your data may have been compromised. Here are some things you can do right now to protect yourself from financial or identity theft.
Signing up for credit monitoring is smart even if you haven’t ever stayed at a Starwood property. You eat at restaurants, shop at stores, and use social media – which means your data is at risk. According to a 2017 report by the Ponemom Institute, every 2 seconds someone is the victim of identity theft. Hackers are pervasive and determined. Identity theft can be devastating. Protecting yourself is a sound investment.