Everyone should be implementing these five measures to protect their personal information from hackers.
When a massive crime occurs against a company that stores your personal data, like credit card numbers or passwords, your information is not longer safe since you got indirectly hacked too.
Although there’s nothing you can do to prevent these unfortunate events, following certain steps might keep your data as safe as possible:
1. Time to confirm if you’ve ever been a victim of a personal information breach.
First, confirm if your data is already exposed. Enter to HaveIBeenPwned. This website created by Security researcher Troy Hunt, not only allows to know if your personal data was stolen but also waht kind of information is being exposed.
For the most scandalous breaches, companies usually set up a tool that cross-checks your data against affected accounts. One example could be when Equifax announced that, somehow, criminals gained access to customers names, SS numbers, addresses and more. This single hack affected 143 million U.S. consumers.
2. In case you found personal info affected by a mega breach, change your passwords.
In case you got a confirmation from step #1. it is crucial for to create a new password and keep it unique. It means not using the same password for all your accounts. It would be like giving a thief a master key!
3. Monitor all your accounts
Only sure thing here is we don’t know what might have happened to our stolen data from sites like Uber, so you guys better keep an eye on your accounts for any changes in personal data or unusual activity.
4. From now and on, try not to keep your credit card information on file.
I know you hate to fill out the same info over and over as much as I do, but it would keep your credit card numbers safe.
5. Enable multi-factor authentication.
Certain sites offer the option of taking another one or two steps beyond entering a password before accessing your information, like responding questions which only you’d know the answer. Take time to give your accounts this additional protection.
If you think there is more you could do about the subject, this short video on Wired might help.