According to the American Institute of CPAs, one-in-four Americans were victimized by a data breach breach or loss of confidential information in 2014. Unfortunately, data breaches are common leaving us all at risk. As a result, your sensitive personal information may be leaked online. Your identity, medical records or email address, username and password may show up for sale on the cyber black market.
Screen capture of a black-market search engine results page showing the price for 10 full identities (Fullz). Price shown in red is the cost in US Dollars after conversion from bitcoin a digital currency that makes money transfers untraceable.
If you click on a link in a forged banking email, you may be tricked into visiting a phishing site and giving hackers sensitive personal information. This can lead to problems like identity theft and theft from online bank accounts. Often these look just like the real site and can trick nearly anyone. Listen to a former FBI Director talk about his experience with phishing in this short video: https://youtu.be/M1PzM51JF5s
By combining information from several sites, like Facebook, Linkedin and personal search sites like switchboard.com there’s a lot of personal information hackers can piece together about your life. Remember the answers to those supposedly “secret questions”, like mother’s maiden name, you gave when you setup your online account? It’s likely crooks can find those answers online and to use them to gain access your account.
Imagine your medical records or other private personal information being hacked and put up for sale. How would you feel? Then you’re left cleaning up the mess. It can take hundreds of hours to cleanup a credit report.
The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself if you know how. Don’t worry it’s not complicated. We’re good explainers. Let us help you to understand of the risks and teach you to defend yourself. We’ll meet with you to assess your situation and provide personal training. We’ll provide a personal action plan tailored to your specific needs. Unfortunately, much of the security information that’s written for the general public contains bad or outdated information. You’ll get access to effective techniques and strategies that are not generally taught to the general public.
Don’t wait unit you become a victim. Contact us today!