Last weekend, the daily deals service LivingSocial announced that its database had been hacked, granting the cyber intruder access to the e-mail addresses, encrypted passwords and birth dates of more than 50 million users worldwide.
This is only the latest of many recent hacks. With customer data breaches becoming increasingly common, what should you do to protect yourself? Start with our tips below:
Protecting Yourself from Hacking:
The best way to safeguard your personal information is by creating strong passwords (see Microsoft’s tips here) and using a unique password for each website.
What to Do After a Hack:
It happens. Even the most conscientious businesses get hacked. If a company with which you’ve done business suffered a security breach, follow the tips below to protect yourself.
- Change your password on the affected website — and anywhere else you use it. Many web users have a rotation of passwords they use, so be sure to change yours on all appropriate websites.
- Be extra suspicious of any emails coming from the business that was hacked — especially ones containing links or attachments. Scammers often use the personal information they’ve obtained along with the hacked business’ name to trick customers into sharing credit card or banking info.
- However, affected business do often communicate with customers after the hack. Be sure these emails are real by hovering over the links in the message. When you do this, the link destination should appear in a pop up box or in the lower left hand corner of your browser.
- Keep a close eye on your credit card and bank accounts. If hackers have access to your personal data, identity theft is a risk. Call your bank or credit card company immediately if you see any unexpected activity.
For More Information
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NOTE: Living Social and Microsoft are both BBB Accredited Businesses.