The first step to data security is being aware that our personal computers, phones, and tablets are vulnerable to hacking and fraud. You’ve taken all the “right” steps in protecting your personal device, but are you immune from a data breach? With so many recent attacks, it leaves us wondering how to stay safe.
As we saw in the past month alone, SamSam ransomware, Facebook, and Under Armour have exposed masses of personal data through hacking. This week, Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off 5th, and Lord & Taylor revealed a shocking number of breaches – and this time with credit and debit card data.
More than 5 million customers were exposed, and 125,000 of those customers have already had their credit cards sold on the “dark web” to hackers. The Hudson’s Bay Company, which owns these retail chains and more, has confirmed that they have contained the issue.
Customers will not be responsible for the charges and will received free identity protection moving forward. To-date, there have been no reports of Driver’s License or Social Security numbers compromised.
With data breaches happening almost every week, what can be done? Unfortunately, many of these breaches are completely out of our control.
Start here if you think your data could have been released:
- Change all your passwords – this includes email, social media, banking, and other payment related passwords. When resetting passwords, combine these tips with Dashlane for the best security.
- Cancel your credit cards – call your bank immediately and inform them of the situation.
- Use a credit-monitoring service – in the case of the Hudson’s Bay hack, call them and inquire.
- Run a FixMeStick scan – this may seem unnecessary – with your breached data hackers can gain access to all of your personal information, and that includes your home computer.