So it may seem a little redundant using
Another Security Breach as a title,
but it goes without saying, Security on the web is not that terrible, it only takes one person to leave a crack open.
As an example, how many people do you know who use AOL have had their emails hacked or even stolen? Are you using a weak password or the same password somewhere else? If you are an AOL user don’t worry you are not alone, Yahoo Mail has been sacked several times.
The Latest Security Breaches
These are some of the reported breaches that have happened to me.
October 16, 2019
This security breach included 1.2 billion people and my information from PDL Customer with over 4 terabytes of data, and that’s a lot of personal information. It turns out this information was readily available to anyone without any password security.
Canva a graphic design tool website Canva suffered a data breach that included 137 million subscribers. The exposed data included email addresses, usernames, names, cities of residence and passwords stored hashtags for users not using social logins.
Evite, the social planning website for managing online invitations Evite identified data included a total of 101 million unique email addresses, names, phone numbers, physical addresses, dates of birth, genders, and passwords.
An unverified collection lists of email addresses and passwords used to hijack accounts contained almost 2.7 billion records.
500px the online photography community suffered a data breach exposing almost 15 million unique email addresses alongside names, usernames, genders, dates of birth and more.
Some of my other breaches include Yahoo, MySpace, Equifax and Adobe(twice) that happened some years ago.
What are hackers Doing With My Information?
Typically hackers are selling your information to people who want to
- Market a product or service to you (sending you spam emails)
- Use your email address and passwords you have used somewhere to break into your bank account
- Sell your information to data brokers
The big problem now, databases that create profiles, these databases are collecting all kinds of information on individuals like you and me. As an example, email addresses and passwords we have used before anywhere are now used by hackers to login to your bank accounts. Luckily banks now match IP addresses (to your location, computer or device) for verification.
Even Facebook is known for selling conversations you have with friends.
And those are just a few of the ways your information is used.
How Can You Secure Your Personal Information?
- Run your virus protection once a week
- Even if you have a good Firewall and Virus protection use Malwarebytes
- Consider using Gmail (considered the top security email service) or even G Suites
- Use Firefox as your main browser, some other major browsers are connected to companies that track, collect data, will market to you or even sell you data.
- Track your email address to see if it has been stolen or added to a list on the dark web at monitor.firefox.com
- When using a library computer or internet cafe make sure you log out of everything, clear all cache, and double check to be sure your login data is gone.
- If you use a coffee shop wifi on a regular basis make sure you log out of the wifi when you leave and use a VPN.
- Use a different email address for financial institutions and websites.
- Use a secondary verification like your cell phone.
- Use another service to login with like Google that already has a secondary verification when ever that is an option.
- Use a password manager like Lastpass or the free password manager in Firefox. Each password should be at least 21 Unique characters (uper & lower case, numbers and symbols).
Yes, you are the person in control of your online security and keep it that way.
I’ll have more information here later.