Marriott Data Breach: The Next Step

Any time there is a massive breach of what was believed to have been “secure,” there undergoes a major re-evaluation of security measures. It is no different in the case of Marriott’s recent data breach alert that lasted between 2014 and September 10, 2018 at its Starwood properties. Previous Starwood guests, approximately 500 million, may be the victims of stolen information containing anything from credit card to passport numbers.  A call of action has been given to lawmakers to improve and implement laws for better protection of personal records. For persons whose passport information was released, Marriott has announced that they will pay for individuals to receive a new passport as well as enforce new programs to regain security. They have put in place a website specifically for affected guests and a call center to give aid.

Whether at home or abroad, a breach of personal information is not a fun boat to be in. Before using your credit card for travel purposes, there are a few things you can do to help protect yourself. This is as simple as checking your email and bank accounts on a regular basis or purchasing a theft monitoring software. While there are some situations that are just out of our control no matter how vigilant we are, it is good to know what to do in case there is a breach. The following 3 steps are sure to help you back on the path towards data security:

  1. Find out what information was stolen.
  2. Change passwords
  3. Contact your bank and/or credit card provider

If you believe your information was stolen in Marriott’s recent breach, please click on the link below or call: 877-273-9481 (USA)

info.starwoodhotels.com

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