If you are a Target website user... and come on, most of us are... You might be at risk. NOOOO wait, you are not at risk if you are simply printing coupons, but you MIGHT be if you have bought from them online. I have. I have a registry... or 2. AND I will not STOP using them, I just want to make sure you are aware. I assume you got the email if you have ever shopped there, but in case it went to your spam mail, here is the note they sent out tonight:
To our valued guests,
Target’s email service provider, Epsilon, recently informed us that their data system was exposed to unauthorized entry. As a result, your email address may have been accessed by an unauthorized party. Epsilon took immediate action to close the vulnerability and notified law enforcement.
While no personally identifiable information, such as names and credit card information, was involved, we felt it was important to let you know that your email may have been compromised. Target would never ask for personal or financial information through email.
Consider these tips to help protect your personal information online:
We sincerely regret that this incident occurred. Target takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that all appropriate measures are taken to protect personal information. Please contact Guest.Relations@target.com should you have any additional questions.
- Don’t provide sensitive information through email. Regular email is not a secure method to transmit personal information.
- Don’t provide sensitive information outside of a secure website. Legitimate companies will not attempt to collect personal information outside a secure website. If you are concerned, contact the organization represented in the email.
- Don’t open emails from senders you don’t know.