We have 472,044,034 compromised account credentials in our database.
We have 1,659,139,669 compromised passwords in our database.
We have 950,403,792 compromised email addresses in our database.
Since March 2015, InfoArmor has discovered 5,132,583 breached IP addresses.
And the numbers are increasing daily……
Personal information exposed?
Hearing that your personal information could have been exposed in a data breach can be unnerving. Whether it is a big box retailer, bank, media conglomerate, medical insurance carrier or any other provider, data incidents have changed our perspective on information protection.
With more than 500 data breaches, impacting nearly 140 million individual records, already reported this year, protecting yourself online could mean the difference between peace of mind and chaos.
The first step in safeguarding your identity is knowing how a scammer can take it away from you.
Consider the many times you reveal your digital fingerprint – making an online purchase, using free Wi-Fi, swiping your credit card at a gas pump, using the same password for multiple accounts, revealing intimate life details on social media – the list is endless. The online actions may be simple, but they result in days, weeks, months and even years of hassle after a compromise.
While it’s unrealistic to live an analog life in today’s digital world, take steps to protect yourself.
- Protect personal information – don’t give your information out unless it is absolutely necessary and the organization is trustworthy.
- Live online like it is your biography, not your diary – do not give out personal information, share geolocations, or provide information that could be used for security questions such as mother’s maiden name or dog’s name.
- Pay attention to red flags – check bank statements for misuse at least monthly. If you receive any mail notices or collection notices that seem odd, investigate them for fraud – either someone using your personal information or someone trying to get you to fall for their tricks.
- Hover, then verify – hover over links online before you click them. Make sure that they are going to a reputable company URL. If you are unsure, call the organization and ask them about the link before clicking it.
- Beware of Wi-Fi hotspots – airports, coffee shops, retailers and even doctors’ offices now offer free Wi-Fi, but beware! These unsecured networks are a hacker’s paradise. You never know who’s worked their way into your computer and is digitally spying on you!
In addition to following these safety guidelines, learn all you can about protecting your identity during Cybersecurity Awareness Month by attending CyberSmarts, InfoArmor’s free webinar that shines a light on emerging fraud issues on October 22, 2015.
Individuals, please attend our CyberSmarts webinar for consumers at 8 a.m. PST.
Employers, please attend our CyberSmarts webinar for businesses at 11 a.m. PST.