Identity Protection: The Benefits of a Long-Term Mindset

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.  

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Protecting Your Identity One Year After Equifax

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

[QUIZ] The Dark Web: The Online Underground

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! 

 

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1.4B Credentials Dumped, Dark Web Database Found

From Data Dump to Dark Web Database 

On Dec. 5, 2017, a massive database with data from over 300 data breaches was discovered on the Dark Web. This Dark Web database contains over 1.4 billion unique clear text, or publicly viewable, login credentials, which experts have confirmed are legitimate pairings.

To make a long story short, 41GB of publicly viewable data was dumped on the Dark Web. From there, the information became accessible via a “Dark Web database,” allowing hackers to search the aggregated data by password type, user, breach event and more.

Unlike a single data breach event, this database aggregates breached data from hundreds of big-name data breaches like Netflix, LinkedIn, Minecraft and Bitcoin. The database is even more concerning because the information was found in clear text – meaning that anyone with access to it can view it.  Continue reading