Home Depot recently announced that info from thousands of customer’s credit cards had been stolen from its systems. It appears that the breach was carried out by the same group that hit Target earlier this year. If you’ve shopped at Home Depot in the U.S. or Canada anytime from April of this year onward and used a credit or debit card for payment, you are likely affected. Here’s what you need to do.
Home Depot has been very upfront about the problem and is offering free identity protection services to its customers for a full year through AllClear ID. You can read the official Home Depot statement here, and sign up for the free identity protection services at https://homedepot.allclearid.com
What else? Watch your card statements closely. If you haven’t done so already, sign up with your card provider’s online service so you can check charges before your paper statement comes in the mail.
Also, watch out for calls or emails claiming to offer some type of identity theft protection but are actually phishing schemes to try and get even more personal information from you.