If you’ve made a credit card or debit card purchase at a Barnes & Noble store recently, check your bank statements carefully for unauthorized charges or withdrawals. The New York Times reports that hackers stole customer credit-card information at 63 locations across the country. Barnes & Noble discovered the breach in September but kept it quiet so the Feds could investigate. The hackers apparently broke into the keypads in front of registers where customers enter their PIN numbers. Barnes & Noble has removed all keypads.
It’s a good idea to change your PIN numbers — and also your computer passwords — often.
It’s also a good idea to check your credit history on a regular basis. As I wrote on NYC on the Cheap, Wells Fargo is offering FREE credit history reports through November 15, 2012, both online and in person at a branch office.