The 5 top data breaches in January

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The first month of 2016 was a big one for data breaches. In January, a hotel chain, a cable company, a health care company and even a fast food chain all confirmed possible data breaches. But what might be considered one of the most talked-about stories so far this year has affected the fewest. The standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, which ended Feb. 11, gathered a slew of headlines as armed ranchers took aim at the federal government. It’s also affected the sensitive personal information and lives of the wildlife refuge’s 17 employees.

As large, targeted data breaches become more frequent, consumers, institutions, companies and their employees are suffering the consequences.

That’s why you should take steps to protect yourself. A good place to start is myBankrate, where you can grab your free credit report today and check for signs of suspicious activity.

Here are the top 5 data breaches in January.