Profitt Report: Here's what to know if you're impacted by the Starwood Hotels data breach

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Marriott says the personal data of more than 500 million guests has been exposed. Marriott purchased Starwood properties a few years ago. They say the Starwood guest reservation database has been breached for the following hotels: Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, St. Regis, Element, Aloft and W Hotels, among other properties. They say this only impacts Starwood properties and the Marriott network is not involved.

This could be the second largest corporate data breach in history according to CNN, second to last year’s Yahoo breach.

Mariott says if you stayed at a Starwood property on or before Sept. 10, 2018, your data may have been involved, including your name, address, passport numbers and date of birth. Some guests’ credit card number might’ve been stolen as well.

They say someone had “unauthorized access” to the Starwood network since 2014.

Marriott is working with law enforcement, though if your data was taken in this breach, you need to take steps now to protect your identity.

We spoke with financial professional Mindy McIntosh of McIntosh and Associates in Freeland. She said now is a good time to up your security on your bank and credit card accounts. See if yours offers notifications whenever someone logs into your account online.

“You’re getting an email notification ‘hey, you currently just logged on at 12:05 into this account, if you did not, please seek some security measures, and check on that,’” she said, “so it's a secure way to know, yep, I just logged in or no, I did not, what's happened here, this not proper activity we're seeing, you can get a handle on it immediately.”

Mariott is offering guests a web monitoring service, free of charge, for one year. To learn more about the service and more from Marriott, please click here.

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