140,000 Social Security numbers were hit in Capital One hack — are there better alternatives for opening bank accounts?

Keep your data close and your Social Security number closer.

The massive hack at Capital One COF, -5.89% announced late Wednesday resulted in the loss of a wide array of information, including credit scores and balances, zip codes, email addresses, dates of birth, among other details, plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers and 80,000 bank-account numbers from credit-card customers. The hack affected about 100 million people in the U.S. and 6 million in Canada.

Social Security numbers are among the worst piece of personal data to have hacked for one reason: They cannot be changed.

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