The 5 top data breaches in February

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Two universities, a restaurant-management company and the IRS all acknowledged in February they had fallen victim to a hacker or hackers. But the oddest, and largest, data breach of the month had nothing to do with cybercriminals. A Florida health care company became a breach victim when half a million patient medical records fell out of a truck on their way to be destroyed.

Large, targeted data breaches are becoming more frequent, but we’re also losing ground to outdated or unsecured record-disposal methods.

That’s why it’s essential to be proactive and protect yourself. A good place to start is at myBankrate, where you can grab your free credit report today and check for signs of suspicious activity.

Here are the top data breaches in February.