CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Home Depot still hasn’t confirmed that information’s been stolen, but more signs are pointing to a data breach.
Sticking to cash may be a good idea. Millions of Home Depot customers may have had their credit and debit card information stolen in a massive security hack.
John Doherty of Granville said, “It’s just how easy it seems to steal your money. It seems like it’s a pretty easy thing if you know how to do it.”
Data thieves were responsible for a massive data beach last winter when Target customers had their information hijacked. Target said it cost them $148 million.
Now the company did say that if a customer’s information was stolen, you wouldn’t have to pay back those fraudulent charges. They’re also offering free identity theft protection services for those affected.
Credit monitoring site, Credit Sesame, says Home Depot customers should change their passwords. They also recommend monitoring online activity and financial statements.
Jim Henault of Chicopee said, “I get them in once a month and I usually read through them. They say it’s very important to read through them just so you can pick up on something like that.”
Another way you can keep thieves out of your bank account is to simply start carrying cash.
Louis Serrano of Chicopee said, “I’ll say about 80 percent of the time I use cash. I used my credit card at target and I ended up being one of those people who fell victim to the breach.”
Online blog, Krebs on Security, spotted target credit card information for sale on a black market website.
Lou Serrano told 22News his information was stolen in the Target breach. He said he still worries about it to this day.