All Posts Tagged: data breach

Impacted by the Equifax breach? Five steps to help protect yourself

David Pollino
Security

If your personal identifying information was compromised as part of the recent Equifax data breach, you are in good company: The breach impacted about half the U.S. population, including me. (You can check here.)

Here are the steps that I am Man looking at credit card and iPadtaking to help protect myself and my financial accounts in the wake of the breach:

  • Take advantage of free credit monitoring from Equifax. Criminals can use the breached information to open new loan or deposit accounts. The service will help you monitor for nefarious activity and get fraudulent accounts shut down. When you sign up, check the report carefully for accuracy. (UPDATE: Be sure to read all the terms & conditions before you sign up, and exercise caution in sharing any personal information in the online process.)
  • Monitor your existing accounts for unauthorized activity. I use mobile apps to check my banking and credit accounts daily to verify transactions.
  • Sign up for account alerts. Most financial institutions will notify you of unusual activity on your accounts.
  • Take quick action, if you notice anything out of the ordinary. Contact your bank or credit card company as soon as you suspect fraudulent activity on your account.
  • Update your contact information. Make sure your bank and other financial institutions have your correct phone numbers, email addresses and mailing address to contact you in the event of suspicious account activity.

Equifax is the latest high-profile data breach, but similar cybersecurity crimes happen all too frequently. Please make these steps part of your regular routine to help protect yourself from cybercriminals. #BeCyberSafe

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Are you still using your password from 2013?

David Pollino
Security
Screen showing several blue strings of numeric code, with red "data breach" and "cyber attack" inserted.

If you’re a Yahoo! user, I hope you’re not using the same password as you did in 2013.

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A comprehensive approach to protect against cardholder data breaches

David Pollino
Security
Business owner looking worried as he checks his laptop and waits on the phone in his warehouse.

Besides resulting in your customers possibly taking their business elsewhere, data breaches can drive unexpected and expensive mitigation costs.

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Credit card data breaches: How worried should you be?

David Pollino
Security
Young man swiping his card at the checkout counter in a large store, with fingers crossed on his free hand.

Credit card breaches, while potentially costly for the companies involved, don’t open victims to rampant identity theft.

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Business safety lessons from Target, Home Depot hacks

David Pollino
Security
View over the shoulder of a male Home Depot worker with computer and paperwork in the aisle of a large store.

All it takes is one device to become infected or infiltrated by hackers to expose a business’s entire network and put its customers at risk.

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