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Protecting your data from cyber criminals

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Nowadays, there seem to be more and instances of cyber criminals and data breaches making the news.

So, here's how you can protect yourself.

If you want to prevent someone from accessing your private information, Consumer Reports says you can't be complacent.

First, request a copy of your credit report. Remember, you're entitled to a free copy every year.

And, make sure you get it from www.annualcreditreport.com. It's the only website jointly operated by all three major credit bureaus.

When you get your copy, make sure you carefully review it to make sure everything is accurate.

If someone stole your identity and opened an account, it will be in this report.

Next, consider implementing a security freeze with all three credit bureaus.

A security freeze blocks anyone from opening up a new account or gaining access to your credit file.

If you're applying for legitimate credit, however, you will have to lift the freeze temporarily using a pin number.

Also, activate a two-factor authentication on your accounts, email account and all your mobile banking accounts.

That will make it harder for a cybercrook to gain access to your information.

And finally, make sure you monitor your bank accounts as often as possible... daily if you can.

That way you can catch any fraudulent activity.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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