Online Security Has Never Been More Important
The Equifax hack stopped us in our tracks. The company estimated that over 142 million identities were stolen during this security breach. The private data stolen included names, social security numbers, birth dates, address and in some cases driver’s license numbers. This information, when packaged together, can sell for upwards of $30 per identity on online black markets, according to Mark Nunnikhoven, head of cloud research for cybersecurity firm Trend Micro.
It is these big-name breaches like Equifax, Target, and Home Depot that make us wonder whether our personal data will ever be safe. Can we ever buy anything online, or trust any outlet with our sensitive data?
As part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month – we are sharing some easy tips and free resources for keeping your personal and business data safe, offline and online.
Protecting Your Private Data:
- Be Mindful of Emails: Before clicking links or opening an attachment, always check for a valid domain.
- Avoid Public Wifi: When in doubt, always default to your device’s carrier data. It is your private connection to the internet.
- Get Password Management: Stay secure with complex passwords. Use tools like LastPass to simplify logins and monitor access, while still having great passwords.
- Reconsider Google: Search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing are selling your searches, demographics and personal data. DuckDuckGo is a save and private option.
October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
This blog is part of a 4-part security-focused series during the month of October. Information Technology Professionals (ITP) is a security-forward managed service provider in the Midwest. Learn more about our security offerings.