Marriott International said its Starwood guest reservation database was breached, exposing the personal information of about 500 million customers.

Compromised data includes some combination of the following: name, address, phone number, email address, passport number, Starwood Preferred Guest (“SPG”) account information, date of birth and more.

Payment card numbers, though encrypted, and their expiration dates were also exposed for some customers.

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How to help protect your personal information after a breach:

  • Stay alert for notifications. If you have been part of a data breach, the breached company may send you a notice. Retain all documents and consider any suggestions offered. Also, pay attention to and retain any mail you receive that is unexpected or unfamiliar to you, such as notices from the IRS regarding your taxes or any bills from unknown lenders.
  • Change your passwords. Remember to use unique passwords across all of your different accounts.
  • Keep an eye on your financial accounts. Set up any alert features available. This could help save time and keep you notified of any unusual events if they occur.
  • Continue to monitor your credit and identity. Look for unusual activity, such as new accounts or credit inquiries not initiated by you.