Our credit cards got compromised at least 4-5 times in the last year. It's nothing that we did, it's typically security leaks and hacks at retailers: Home Depot, Target, Staples, etc.
Every time that happens, the credit company closes all existing accounts and issues new cards. That's a royal pain since all the auto pays to be edited and it's also very tricky and inconvenient if you travel abroad (which we do a lot). We actually had some late payments issues because not doing this fast enough.
Are there any strategies to minimize the risk? Are there specific card issuers that more vulnerable that others (Citi vs. CapitalOne vs. Chase), Mastercard vs. Visa, are there any retailers that we should avoid in general?
Any other tips or tricks anyone can think of?