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Data Breaches: What’s Actually Reported

Are you still shredding your bills and blacking out your address on envelopes. I hope not. In this day and age your much more likely to lose you information from a data breach than from someone dumpster diving… and c’mom, I can just google your address to find out who lives there. Check out this recent article about a data breach from the BBC (Click Here), 10 million records stolen, and it happened in June. The Online Trust Alliance estimates there were between 82,000-250,000 security breaches in 2016, and that number is just going up. That’s 200 – 500 companies EVERY DAY! But we only hear about the big ones. How many little mom and pop stores do you think have your info and have terrible security? Probably lots.

 

So, what can you do about it? Here are some ideas to keep you safe.

  1. Realize it’s a matter of when, not if, your data is stolen
  2. Be suspicious of emails you don’t expect
  3. Be suspicious of real mail you aren’t expecting
  4. Use a password manager (My favorite it lastpass.com) and use complex passwords
  5. Encrypt your phone
  6. Encrypt your laptop