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What to do when your personal information is leaked in a data breach
Let’s face it: We live in a world where a data breach can happen any moment with the realization that it will continue to happen. Your online personal data is already exposed and readily available to cybercriminals. This is the point made by security expert Brian Krebs in his recent article about the repercussions of the Marriott data breach.
When a data breach happens, identity theft and credit card fraud is only the tip of the iceberg. The real damage comes later, when a cyber criminal uses the private information collected about you (now a full profile of your life, your habits, who you bank with, who you work with…) to craft convincing phishing emails or malicious ads placed strategically to specifically target you. Clicking on one of those can infect your device, steal your credentials, and result in loss of real money or account control.
Assume your personal information is already exposed after a data breach
Even without privacy from a data breach, you can still have security to protect your personal data. The question, “Is my personal information exposed?” is no longer a valid question. The answer is invariably “yes” and now the question is “what can I do now to protect myself?” Even without privacy, you can still have security. We must assume that cybercriminals know your social security number, mother’s maiden name, and passwords. But even in this grim scenario, you can still prevent your accounts from being accessed and money or data from being lost.
How to protect yourself even after your personal data is leaked in a breach
1. Add a security freeze to your credit report
If you live under the assumption that your social security number has already been exposed in a data breach, but you take proactive steps by adding a security freeze to your credit report, you actually increase the layers of protection surrounding your personal data.
2. Add multi-factor authentication
Adding multi-factor authentication (MFA) to all of your account logins can protect and secure your accounts even if the bad guys crack your passwords.
3. Get proactive, personal cybersecurity protection
Data breaches can make you feel powerless. We built Rubica so you can proactively protect yourself and your data. Rubica is unique and the first of its kind in its ability to protect your personal devices and secure your connection and activities on the internet anywhere and all the time. Combining a custom-built security stack and human analysis, we marry the best of both worlds in terms of reactive and proactive cybersecurity.
Rubica is an affordable solution that puts power back into your hands and allows you to embrace the “assume breach” mentality and still have peace of mind. The reality is that cyber crime is not going away, but security is still possible. We need to take our heads out of the sand and take back control of our digital world. Rubica gives you the tools and power to make that happen.
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