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Nearly half of all companies had a data breach in the last year

The good news is that while 43% of companies have had a data breach, that leaves over half of retail companies still secure. And even though 27% of companies have poor or no contingency plan in place, that means that over 70% of companies have a plan in place and review it regularly.

I know it seems scary out there, but don't start stuffing your family fortune into a mattress or dealing in gold bullion just yet. No security system is 100% bulletproof, but there are a few things that you can do to protect yourself.

Firstly, be careful about where you use your debit card. There are at least five places you should never use your debit card. Click here to learn what they are. 

You should also be vigilant in monitoring your accounts and routinely changing your passwords. Crooks can't get into your accounts as easily if you keep a close eye on them.

Click here to learn how to create tough passwords.

It's also a good idea to update the safety features on your social media accounts. There's a site that help you with all your accounts in one easy place. Click here to learn more. 

These ruthless hackers won't stop stealing customer information, but you don't have to let them steal your money, time or peace of mind.

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Source: USAToday
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