You’ve probably heard about the hacking of Marriott International Hotels’ data systems, which may have exposed the private information of 500 million people. Unfortunately, these stories are becoming more common every day. This recent data breach is yet another reminder of the importance of taking proactive steps to safeguard your identity, especially during the holiday shopping season. Here are some actions you can take to protect your personal information:
• Review your accounts frequently to check for suspicious activity.
• Don’t respond to phone calls or emails from RTN asking for personal account information—they are scams. We will only ask you to reveal your personal information once you have initiated contact with us.
• Set up text or email alerts to notify you when activity occurs on your RTN account.
• Download CardValet®, a free app for your smartphone that lets you monitor and control usage of your RTN VISA Debit card.
• Never click on a link from email, even if it appears valid. Call the company or go to the company’s actual website by typing in the address yourself.
• Install and update anti-virus software and a firewall to help block unknown communications.
• Review your financial and credit card statements frequently and check for suspicious charges.
• Contact annualcreditreport.com to receive a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit reporting agencies. By law, you are entitled to receive one free report from Transunion, Equifax and Experian annually; if you contact one agency every four months, you can track and monitor any changes to your report on an ongoing basis.