Did you know that you could be the victim of a data breach without even knowing it? It’s possible, really. If a hacker has managed to infiltrate a website or service that you use without giving up the goat, so to speak, they could have your information and you might not even know about it. Thankfully, there are ways around this, and it all starts by asking that simple question: what if my information was stolen, and what is it being used for?
This is a line that we feel like we say a lot around here, but there is one fact that is absolutely true no matter what type of business you run or how big your company is. It does hold sensitive and valuable data that could be stolen and sold to the highest bidder on the black market. Whether it’s financial information or personal information stored by your human resources department, there is no shortage of valuable data to steal from a hacker’s perspective.
This is why it becomes critical to know if your information is being used by hackers in the wild.
Depending on the solution, your password manager might alert you if it detects that someone out there has stolen a password which is stored in its databases. Not all solutions do this though, so it’s important to make sure that yours has these capabilities before you expect it to do this for you.
Have you ever checked a credit card balance or bank statement only to find a purchase you did not authorize on the other side of the world? Perhaps your bank alerted you that there were potentially fraudulent purchases made using your card or credentials. Credit monitoring works in a similar way, but on a much grander scale. Hackers might use your personal information to open up new lines of credit, so if you check your credit history and see new cards or accounts that are most definitely not yours, then you’ll know someone out there has your information.
Have I Been Pwned is a great tool created by security expert Troy Hunt. It is essentially a search engine that returns results for where your email address or phone number have been leaked online. It’s great for finding out if you have been involved in a data breach that may have flown under the radar, or if you happened to miss the notification.
Of course, the most effective way to keep hackers from using your data is to protect it and take preventative measures now. This is where SCW comes in. We can help your business implement comprehensive security solutions designed to keep hackers off your network and away from your sensitive data.
To learn more about how we can secure your company, reach out to us at (509) 534-1530.
About the author
Sam is a network engineer with a broad range of experience spanning more than 35 years. He wrote is first piece of code in 1979 and has been involved with the industry ever since. For the last 20 years, he has worked for SCW Consulting where he has embraced his passion for network technology and security.
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