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When Big Companies Get Hacked, Your Information is Compromised

Protect yourself from third-party data breaches.

No matter how careful you are protecting your data, you are still at risk for identity theft. A recent data breach at Marriott’s affiliate Starwood Hotels affected over 500 million guests and demonstrates how you are still vulnerable to third-party data attacks.

Attacks like these are becoming increasingly more common. In the Starwood breach, hackers stole email addresses, phone numbers, passport information, and credit card credentials through cyberattacks through the chain’s reservation system. The data was stolen over the course of approximately four years dating back to 2014.

Hackers resell the stolen information on the dark web and other cybercriminals open lines of credit in someone else’s name and make charges to stolen credit cards. Email addresses and other contact information are often sold to marketers but can also be used to gain personal information about you, including login credentials and other sensitive data that can lead to additional identity theft or compromise your financial accounts.

While there is little you can do to prevent a third party cyberattack, there are steps that you can take to protect yourself from identity theft and to protect your financial data if your information is stolen.  

  1. Be mindful of where you use your credit cards and regularly checking your statements can help you monitor suspicious charges.  The sooner you can identify unauthorized activity, the faster you can stop it and minimize loss.
  2. Regularly change the passwords on your email addresses, social media and financial accounts in the event one or more of your accounts is compromised to prevent cybercriminals from gaining access. Use unique passwords for each account that are not easy to guess, that contain a mixture of upper and lowercase letters, numeric characters and symbols. Using a password manager app is also advisable.
  3. Frequently review your credit report for accuracy and noticeable changes. If you notice something strange, report it right away to your bank or credit card company.
  4.  Use dfndr security’s Identity Theft Report feature to monitor all of your email addresses for a potential breach. The report shows where the breach(es) have occurred and tells you what steps to take next to recover your login credentials. Fighting third-party breaches on your own is highly difficult and would take too much time. The Identity Theft Report does the monitoring and alerting for you. Try it today: