A couple of years ago when some 40 million credit cards were breached at Target's brick-and-mortar stores, I frantically tried to recall if I had done any holiday shopping at my neighborhood store. Thankfully I hadn't, but my relief was short-lived.
Last year's Target breach has cost the company more than $148 million dollars. Just last month, Home Depot announced another major breach. There are a few simple things that consumers can do to get started and protect their purchases from these types of breaches.
As the smoke clears from this latest attack on privacy and our collective sense of decency, it's becoming more and more likely that a deft use of personally identifiable information was used to unlock the nude celebrity photo troves that flooded the Internet.