wendy's and cicis pizza breaches Another day, another credit card breach — or so it might seem. After several years of nonstop breaches in the news, it has become far more interesting for most consumers to observe the response time and method of dealing with a breach. While the world has moved on to focusing on the threats posed by ransomware, old-fashioned credit card breaches still pose a problem to retailers and businesses that are not equipped to accept chip cards. Here are the details on two recent data breaches you should know about.

Cicis Pizza breach affects 130+ locations

Pizza lovers who have visited a Cicis Pizza restaurant location in the past year should be aware of a recent confirmation of a credit card breach at multiple locations across the U.S. Following reports in March 2016 from several restaurants that the point-of-sale (POS) systems weren’t working correctly, malware was discovered installed on some systems. A full forensic investigation with the help of a third-party security firm uncovered which stores were affected and eliminated the threat via a store-by-store effort. According to Cicis Pizza, the only customer data compromised in this breach was payment card information. While the majority of incidents are thought to have occurred between March and July 2016, a small percentage of identified breaches dated back to 2015, affecting more than 130 locations total. If you are concerned you might have been exposed, you can check this list on the Cicis Pizza website to see if a restaurant you visited was impacted.

Wendy’s breach numbers triple what was initially reported

While Cicis Pizza moved quickly to investigate and eliminate the problem, officially notifying its customers on the same day it received the full report from its security firm, Wendy’s has handled its own credit card breach with far less urgency. This is a breach we have reported on more than once already, as initially the fast food chain reported that only 300 or so of its locations were affected. That has been updated to more than 1,000 restaurant locations, and you can check to see if the Wendy’s location you frequent was part of the breach by visiting this page. Although the breach began in the fall of 2015, it wasn’t uncovered until the end of January 2016, and in May the company said only 5% of its stores (or around 300) were impacted. However, a statement released last month indicated that customer card data was breached and the numbers were much higher, which has been confirmed.

What can consumers do to protect themselves?

It can be frustrating when a store or restaurant is rumored to have been compromised in a data breach because the rate of disclosure when it comes to which exact locations were impacted can be slow. As a consumer, the best way to protect yourself is to continuously monitor your bank and credit card statements for unusual activity. You might also consider signing up for a credit and identity theft monitoring service, which not only monitor the Internet black market (or dark web) for your personal information as well as check your credit reports for new or changed activity, but also assist you in the recovery process should you become a victim of identity theft. Finally, if you must use a payment card when you’re out and about, prioritize your credit card over your debit card — fraudulent charges on a credit card are much easier to deal with on the consumer’s end than a drained bank account. Also, credit cards offer more fraud protection in terms of liability than debit cards do, as detailed by the FTC.

To learn more about protecting yourself from data breaches and keeping your identity safe, follow our identity theft protection blog.