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Data breach at Chick-fil-A!

Data breach at Chick-fil-A!
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Hundreds of Chick-fil-A locations - 1,850 in all - may have been breached the same way that Target and Home Depot were attacked earlier this year. If you've eaten at one of these stores over the recent months, then your payment card might be at risk.

Brian Krebs, a security expert and journalist, believes that 41 states may have been affected. He believes this to be case mostly because it's been pretty consistent across every fast food restaurant breach this year.

Both Jimmy Johns and Dairy Queen outsourced their credit card swiping point-of-sale systems. They're also franchises. What happened in both cases was that the third party company that the franchises outsourced their point-of-sale services to was breached.

One bank has reported 9,000 fraudulent charges stemming from Chick-fil-A.

If you suspect that your credit card may have been stolen in the Chick-fil-A breach, then the best time to act is now. Call your bank and cancel the card.

If you suspect that hackers might have gotten their hands on your payment card, then you'll have to keep a close eye on your card. Watch the charges and look out for suspicious activity.

In the wake of all of these data breaches, it might be time to consider carrying more cash with you. You'll definitely want to stop swiping your debit card in these places, though.

Why? Because if a hacker makes some fraudulent charges on your credit card, they can be reversed. If a hacker gets his or her hands on your debit card, however, they can easily drain the account. Find out the riskiest places to swipe your debit card right here in this tip.

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