P.F. Chang'sP.F. Chang’s is the most recent restaurant chain to fall victim to a major security breach, according to the restaurant’s press release. The Arizona-based restaurant chain — which operates more than 200 restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Chile and the Middle East — said 33 restaurants were affected by the breach and listed each of the locations and specific dates of the breach. The restaurants impacted by the breach are located in 18 states and California has the most number of affected restaurants with a total of 8 locations. The dates of the breach vary depending on the restaurant location, however the longest time frame is from Oct. 19, 2013 to June 11, 2014. You can see a complete list of affected locations and dates at pfchangs.com/security.

What information was exposed in the P.F. Chang’s breach?

P.F. Chang’s said some of the data from debit and credit cards used at the 33 locations within the certain dates has been breached. This potentially stolen data includes the card number and, in some cases, also the cardholder’s name and/or the card’s expiration date. The restaurant chain said it has not determined the total number of cards impacted.

How did the breach occur?

Unfortunately P.F. Chang’s has not revealed all of the details about how the breach occurred, however it did say that the breach was caused by a compromise with the security of the card processing. It noted that restaurant chain has been processing credit and debit card data securely since June 11, 2014. P.F. Chang’s is working on an ongoing investigation with third-party forensics experts.

What should I do to protect myself?

If you used your debit or credit card at one of the 33 affected locations, then there are some steps you need to take as soon as possible to make sure your information remains safe from identity theft.

1. Monitor your bank statements: Once you’ve confirmed that you’ve used your card at one of the locations listed in the links above, you should pull up all of your previous bank statements and make sure there is no fraudulent activity. If you do spot a transaction that you don’t recognize or know you didn’t complete, contact your bank immediately and report it as potential fraud. The customer service representative at your bank should be able to assist you with the fraud-reporting process.

It’s important to note that monitoring your bank statements should be something you regularly do because it can help you detect potential fraudulent activity before it gets out of hand.

2. Request a new debit or credit card: Usually banks will only reissue a debit or credit card if you have confirmed fraud on the account, however there is no harm in inquiring about it. That being said, there are certain circumstances when a bank will reissue cards as a proactive measure when a major breach occurs. It’s best for you to call your bank and see what their specific policy is on reissuing  cards.

3. Consider signing up for identity theft protection: Since P.F. Chang’s has not clearly stated what information was leaked at which locations, this may be a step that you want to take in order to take your protection a step further. Most identity theft protection services not only provide you with three-bureau credit reports and scores, but also actively monitor your credit reports and alert you in the event that something is added or changed on any of your reports.

In addition, these services also monitor the use of your personal information to make sure it isn’t being sold or traded on the Internet black market or used by anyone on public records. To top it off, these services provide you with tips and assistance in the event that you do fall victim to identity theft while you’re a member. Read our identity theft protection reviews to learn more about these services as well as see which service will best fit your needs.