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    Bought a car lately? Your data may be leaked.

    Bought a car recently? Millions of dealership customer details found online

    "If you bought a car in the last few years, there's a good chance your personal information may have found its way to the open internet.

    "Names, addresses, phone numbers and social security numbers for both customers and employees for over a hundred car dealerships have leaked online, all thanks to a centralized records system coupled with shoddy security.

    "The system, built and operated by DealerBuilt, an Iowa-based database software company, sells management systems for car dealerships across the US, offering a central system for sales, customer relations, and employee payroll needs."

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    My PII data has been stolen so many times now I've lost count. About the only real safety here is obscurity through huge numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    My PII data has been stolen so many times now I've lost count. About the only real safety here is obscurity through huge numbers.
    I was thinking the same thing. I also subscribe to a good identity theft monitoring service.
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    Fortunately, our bank offers us free credit monitoring and alerts. So far, we haven't been hit, but we don't use any credit and we are completely debt free (due to SWMBO's efforts). I get a big chuckle every time we shop at a Target store and the checkout clerk hits us up for a store credit card. Yeah, I'm gonna give you my PI when you've demonstrated that you can't/won't protect it. I still believe that cash can't be hacked. Funny, we worked so hard for so many decades to build high credit scores and now we don't use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Frye View Post
    I still believe that cash can't be hacked.
    Depends on what you mean by "hacked". If it's stolen or you're mugged, it's gone. You're not getting it back. With Credit or Debit cards, you do get your money back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChevyGuy View Post
    Depends on what you mean by "hacked". If it's stolen or you're mugged, it's gone. You're not getting it back. With Credit or Debit cards, you do get your money back.
    I don't carry mass quantities of cash, so if it's stolen, I'm out less than $100. It's not the credit card being stolen and your personal information miss-used, as much as the hit to one's credit standing when it is and the trouble getting it rectified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Frye View Post
    I don't carry mass quantities of cash, so if it's stolen, I'm out less than $100. It's not the credit card being stolen and your personal information miss-used, as much as the hit to one's credit standing when it is and the trouble getting it rectified.
    I don't disagree with your cash usage being a safer method of payment, but...as a college student, if all I had was cash and someone stole 10$ from me....that could be the difference of me having gas to go to work or not, it's a very big deal to me, and why I feel much safer using a debit card and having credit available for emergencies.

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