With data breaches impacting organizations on what seems like a daily basis, there’s a very good chance that your personal information has been compromised — and once it is leaked onto the Dark Web, you are vulnerable forever. According to the 2018 End-of-Year Data Breach Report, the total number of data breaches decreased in 2018, however, the number of stolen records climbed more than 126 percent. Not only is that a significant increase in the amount of Personal Identifiable Information (PII) that is now in the hands of cybercriminals, but it is also an indication that breaches have become larger, exposing more pieces of data per incident. Continue reading
Breached Personal Information: The Shared Responsibility Between Consumers & Organizations
Our connected world has made us all more vulnerable to fraud and identity theft. With major security incidents from Equifax and Facebook compromising millions of consumers’ personally identifiable information (PII) – and now most recently Google+ – limited identity protection services for breach victims are staple items in organizations, big and small.
While reactive measures can help address and resolve identity crime after it occurs, the best way to address fraud and identity theft is by taking a proactive approach. It’s really a two-fold awareness strategy relying on both technology and human vigilance.
Can you believe it’s been a year since the Equifax data breach?
Many of us remember feeling the direct impact of the Equifax mega breach on Sept. 7, 2017. With the final tally of affected consumers nearing 148 million U.S. adults, the first word that comes to mind is “massive.”
The Equifax data breach was far-reaching in the quality and quantity of highly-sensitive Personally Identifiable Information (PII) exposed. And, the overall impact hit both consumers and small businesses. Even though we’ve identified what happened, and the key mistakes that were made, it doesn’t change the fact that our data is still out there. We’re all still forever vulnerable. Continue reading
The Dark Web & ID Crime
The Dark Web is home to a massive network of illegal sites, chatrooms and forums used by criminals to buy and sell a variety of unsavory products and services online. In the deepest part of the “Deep Web,” identity thieves use the Dark Web to buy and sell breached data, stolen identities and even cyberattack starter kits to anyone who can find their hidden storefront.
How much do you know about the Dark Web? This quick, 5-question Dark Web quiz will put your knowledge to the test!