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Neiman Marcus announces breach of data much like Target experienced

Last week we found out that data of 70 million customers was compromised when thieves hacked a database at Target.
   
Then Neiman Marcus announced it also had a breach. So what can you do to protect yourself from future hacks like that one?

The most basic lesson you can learn from the Target breach is this: When you are in the checkout lane -- don't share your personal information.
   
When a store clerk asks for your phone number, your email address, or your zip code -- simply pass. Say no.
   
When you hand over your information -- they are putting it in a consumer database collection -- used by the stores for marketing, research to send you emails.
   
But if the retailer is compromised -- it puts you at risk.
Here's why: If a criminal gets a hold of your credit card numbers, they can do more damage if they also have your personal information, too. There's a better chance you'll become the victim of identity theft.