Citigroup Data Breach: Six Tips to Protect Yourself


This ABC News article offers six fantastic tips to protect consumers in the wake of Citibank’s recent data security breach, which has exposed information on about 210,000 bankcard customers. Citi’s incident, one of the first known hacking cases at a bank, compromised data including credit card account numbers, names, and email addresses. Although no Social Security numbers, dates of birth, or card security codes were compromised, the real worry is that thieves could obtain more information by phishing or spear phishing victims. While all six tips are important, perhaps the most critical is #4: “When logging in to perform online transactions, always enter the website address directly in your browser. Never click links that claim to take you to banking sites.”

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Elaine Rigoli

Elaine Rigoli is PRIVATE WiFi's manager of digital content strategy.