Goodwill data breach hits Grand Junction

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Like Target at the end of last year, Goodwill is now dealing with the aftermath of a mass data breach.

Customer credit card information was stolen from 300 Goodwill stores including the branch in Grand Junction.

Stores have to follow requirements set by the Payment Card Industry, or PCI, such as hiring a third party to review encryption in place for personal credit card information.

These hacks are still happening, but shoppers are continuing to use plastic over cash.

"It's kind of scary, but it's a sign of the times," said Vianna Spencer, who shops at Goodwill regularly. "Things are getting worse and we do have to be careful when we use credit cards."

Preston Thornburg, service manager for Networks Unlimited, recommends paying extra attention to credit card and bank statements to catch any problems early.

Weak passwords can also let hackers in, so use at least eight characters, a mix of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Change passwords every couple of months, Thornburg said.

Also, certain online accounts will send notifications to users when somebody is accessing the account. The user just has to set up the notifications.

To prevent hackers from getting information stored on iCloud, turn automatic updates off and selectively upload instead, Thornburg recommends.

Goodwill is blaming an unidentified contractor's payment processing system for its security lapse. So far, the organization said reports of credit card fraud have been limited.

Home Depot has been noticing unusual activity and it's looking into the possibility of a credit card breach. The store will report findings to customers if a breach did occur.

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