Mar 17, 2016 2:08 PM

Consider these tricks to protect your financial information

Another data breach has been discovered, this time from the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation notifying applicants from 1996 to 2009 that their information may have been compromised.

Given how frequently these kinds of breaches have become, NH1 News went looking for some tips to help Granite Staters protect themselves.

  • First consider another way to pay. Any technology that avoids you having your credit card in your hand in a store is safer. Try PayPal or Apple Pay. Stored-value cards or apps, such as the ones used at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, also are safer.
  • Sign it, don't PIN it. If you plan to use a debit card sign for a purchase, do not use your PIN. Hackers can get your PIN information.
  • Beware of email scammers. You might get an email from a major retailer, or an offer for free credit monitoring, never click on the links.
  • Go old school. Use cash when possible. The fewer times you swipe a credit or debit card, the less likely you are to get hacked.

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