Just when you thought it was save to transact... I got a letter from BNY Mellon (stock transfer agent) warning of a data breach. Apparently, their archive service vendor could not account for a box of data backup tapes that they were transporting to an off-site storage facility. It fell off the truck, in a manner of speaking. So for that, they gave me two years of free credit monitoring and identity theft insurance. Anyway, since I was signing up for that, I figured it would be a good time to get my one free annual credit report from each of the credit reporting bureaus. Just finished reading through two of those reports and there's nothing abnormal, not that I'm a big user of credit to begin with.
What's annoying is this is the second data breach for the year. Earlier this year, Certegy Check Services leaked customer data through employee theft. I don't think there was much they could do about that beforehand since that employee was a database administrator. They too gave me credit monitoring and identity theft insurance, as well as bank account monitoring. However, these incidences show that my information really isn't all that secure at the average financial service institution.
Subway in Ramsey has pared down their $5 footlong promo to just 8 subs from their menu. However, that list includes a few subs I like, such as the spicy Italian sub and the tuna sub, so I'd still go for that. Also, they've temporarily removed tomatoes from their selection of veggies because of the tomato scare.