CEO of Target steps down, young adults face high risk ID theft

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

(NBC) -- It was a security breach that shocked holiday shoppers.

Now the CEO of Target is stepping down.

But while millions of Target customers had their personal information exposed from the theft, the efforts by criminals to steal our identity is far from over.

They are our sons and daughters, the people we turn to, to fix our gadgets.

The folks who are digital native speakers but the young men and women between the ages of 18 and 24 are also prime targets for identity thieves.

These are people who live their lives online.

Who are never far from a computer screen whether it's a laptop, a tablet or a smart phone.

And it's something they should worry about, as the justice department says this is the age group with biggest growth rate of identity theft.

Financial planner Mary Beth Storjohann works with millennials and says since they grew up in a technology friendly world, they often take their privacy for granted.

And while these kids may not be worried too much about their identity now, if it gets stolen, it's a problem that could dog them for years.

Storjohann says its time to better educated young men and women about their online risks. Teaching them to better protect personal information from birthdays to pet names and being more skeptical of so-called online friends.

The biggest prize for identity thieves continues to be credit cards.

The old fashion way is to steal them, now they use your personal information to apply for their own credit cards using your identity.

Don't give out information online to make it easy. Giving up things like your birthday, your full name, home town, even pet names that are often used as passwords.

The best way to see if you've been a victim? Check your credit report at least once a year.

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