For all the talk about 2017’s massive data breaches, 2016 is retrospectively shaping up to be a bigger year than previously thought. On November 21, Uber announced that hackers stole the personal data of 50 million of its customers and 7 million of its drivers. Sadly, the announcement came 13 months after the actual breach.
We are living in a new reality.
We can fill our fridge with groceries, our house with furniture, and our garage with cars, all without leaving the comfort of our home. Our watches have become personal assistants that remind us of appointments, tell us when we to stand, and even let us know when we need to breathe.
While technology has made many aspects of our lives much easier, it has also made us bigger targets for identity thieves. What was once unthinkable is now commonplace.
This means InfoArmor’s mission to protect the privacy, identity, and finances of every man, woman, and child is now even more critical. It’s also why we are so excited about the launch of Identity Health — an enhanced feature that will fundamentally change how we diagnose, prevent, and treat privacy protection.
$3.5 billion — that’s how much consumers spent during Cyber Monday in 2016, making it the biggest day in U.S. e-commerce history. From initial estimates, this year could break that record as Americans look to score the best deals on everything from personal computers to socks designed for your chair. Yep, that’s a thing.
While Cyber Monday provides us with the opportunity to purchase items we might not otherwise be able to, it also puts us at much higher risk of having our security, identity, and privacy compromised. Here’s how we can best protect ourselves this holiday season.
We are more than a string of nine numbers.
We are complex creatures who possess the capacity to feel love and fear and hope millions of times over. And, though there are billions of us spread across this green and blue globe, we are all unique.
Yes, our identities are composed of far more than our Social Security numbers. And when identity thieves steal our data, they’re not just jeopardizing our bank account. They’re endangering our freedom, our health, our safety, and our future.
For more than a decade, the rules for creating passwords have been pretty clear — use a combination of lower-case and upper-case letters, add some numbers, and be sure to include a random exclamation point or at symbol somewhere in the mix. This is how you create the strongest possible password, right?
Your company has insurance to protect your buildings, accountants to protect your money, and attorneys to protect your products and services. But, are you protecting your most valuable asset – your employees – from the slew of threats in the digital age? If not, you’re making a big mistake, because when you protect your employees, you’re also protecting your company.
Social media allows us to communicate with our friends and family across the globe, provide immediate assistance in the face of natural disasters and tragedies, and help raise awareness on a level never experienced in human history. Yes, social media is an amazing tool that can be used to better mankind. But, when your employees have their accounts compromised, identity thieves can cause a world of harm for both them and your company.
Every machine connected to your network has the most advanced anti-virus software on the market. You routinely train your employees on the dangers of identity theft and how to protect themselves from threats like phishing and malware. You may even provide members of your organization with complimentary credit monitoring services. There’s no way they’re going to fall victim to identity theft, right?
A couple of hotdogs from a questionable street vendor. A night of not-so-premium parking downtown. A haircut that looks like your mom did it after one too many martinis. Yes, in 2017, it doesn’t seem like there’s a whole lot you can get for $10. But, you’d be wrong.
When it comes to what hackers are willing to do for a few extra bucks, you’d be surprised how low their prices drop. Not only are they willing to steal your employees’ personal data for just $10, but they’d also owe you change. According to a number of new reports, hackers are now willing to launch a phishing attack against any target you like, all for the low, low price of just $7.
In less than three years, it will be the year 2020. By then, we probably won’t have flying cars, or shoes that come standard with self-tying laces, or for that matter, a digital assistant that can actually understand our commands (No, Alexa, I don’t want you to order me 3,000 rolls of paper towels). But, more than likely, we won’t be able to buy a gallon of milk without identity thieves attempting to steal our personal data. In fact, this seems to already be a reality.