Breaches, Compromises and You

Breaches of data are coming at the rate of almost 1 reported breach (and how many unreported breaches??) per day. With so many major data sources being breached more than 3 Billion people have been affected. That’s more than the population of the US and other countries combined. So with this knowledge in hand, I ask you: If you’re not taking technology security seriously, why not? Do you want your identity, credit, health information and other important stuff out on the Internet and the Dark Web for sale? Are you want of those people who would say that you’re not tech savvy and don’t undData Breacherstand all of it? Well, the days of those excuses being valid have come and gone. It is time for you to educate yourself and understand the technology that you’re using, or simply stop using any of it. You need to stop being lazy about passwords and start using 12 characters with upper/lower case, numbers, symbols and where possible, spaces in your passwords. You need to stop using one password for all of the sites you log in to. You need to start using 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) for as many sites and apps as you can. What is 2FA you ask? Simply put, you login to a website or app, then it sends you a text on your phone, or by using a second app, it pops up a button for you to say yes/no if that was you trying to login. You would enter the code from the text, or say YES on the app and you would then be allowed to login to whatever it was you were doing. This is how the site confirms it was you.

You also need to start using VPN (Virtual Private Network) service on all of your devices. Things like your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop and even gaming devices like Xbox and Playstation. You can also set up and use your VPN service on a wireless router so that all of the data that leaves your home is encrypted (so if your smart TV accesses Netflix, it doesn’t send your password over the web unencrypted for hackers to steal and sell). If you aren’t sure what service to use, I very HIGHLY suggest NordVPN (seen in the right column), as that is my personal choice and the highest rated VPN currently in the security industry. After all of this has been put in place, there is still no guarantee that the company you supply your information to is storing it correctly in case they get hacked. If that is the case, you’re at their mercy. So you should also invest not only in a basic credit monitoring solution (which is free from many sources) but an identity monitoring solution (something like a Lifelock service). Even if you do every single step, if they get hacked, you’re screwed. At least with these last two suggestions, you’ll have some protection against your information being used by others. Stay Safe!

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