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6.4 million Americans are potential victims of either an online scam or a data leak.

A scam is usually initiated by phishing links placed in an email, SMS, or messaging apps like WhatsApp and Messenger.

A data leak is when passwords or emails have been leaked online by hackers.

You are fully protected with dfndr security from phishing links with the Anti-Hacking feature, and the Identity Theft Report lets you know if your email is ever compromised. However, it’s still important to stay informed about scams and data leaks.

Scam to Watch Out For

dfndr lab identified a fraudulent contest that teases a huge jackpot of money if you “spin.” Easy money is an attractive lure that many fall for.

Risk to You

With fraudulent contests or giveaways, you might be redirected to fake advertisements, be asked to share sensitive, personal data by filling out an entry form or be led to download malicious apps.

Data Breach of the Week

Fox News reported a data leak that compromised 49 million users of the popular social network, Instagram, which also included sensitive information on major bloggers and influencers. The leaked data included bios, profile photo, number of followers, and private information such as phone numbers, email addresses, and location. The data was easily found because it was hosted on Amazon Web Services without a password.

Risk to You

Unfortunately, it can be too late once you learn that one or more of your accounts has been breached. Regularly checking whether your email has been leaked allows you to immediately take action to change your passwords and secure your accounts. Remember to also implement two or multi-factor authentication on accounts where possible.