Your Complete Guide to Staying Safe Online
Breaches happen. Facebook, Adobe, Marriott, Disney+, Capital One—they’re so common that we often tune them out. But since no company is immune, no person is either. Here, you’ll find specific steps you can take to minimize the hassle following a breach and advice on how to protect yourself in the future.
It’s 2020. You left your wEeZeRgurl screen name behind years ago. Time to change your passwords too.
Latest Breach Update: Almost 30 Million LiveJournal Accounts Compromised, Sold on Dark Web
In 2014, LiveJournal suffered a security breach, which compromised 26+ million user credentials. The breach was not reported, and it appears these credentials have been circulating ever since.
What to Do After a Breach
Even though 91% of people understand it’s a bad idea, 59% still reuse their passwords. This means your compromised passwords are likely being used elsewhere.
Time matters: the sooner you make moves, the better. Once you receive an alert about a data breach, follow these immediate next steps.
Creating unique passwords guarantees that when an account is breached, no other accounts are affected. The human brain, however, was not built to remember hundreds of passwords.
How Do I Know if I’ve Been Hacked?
Companies don’t always disclose hacks as soon as they happen. Plus, there are different types of hacks. They can happen to your email, social media, or personal device. So how do you know if you’ve been affected? Here are some clear signs to look out for:
– Unexpected software installs
– Suspicious activity on your bank statement
– Unauthorized charges on your phone bill
– Friend requests sent to strangers
To check whether your personal information has been exposed in a previous hack, visit DeHashed.
What Is the Difference Between a Hack and a Breach?
It all hinges on intent.
A hack is an intentional attack initiated in order to gain unauthorized access to a protected system (like a computer or server) to steal private information or hold the system ransom. A data breach occurs when data is unintentionally left in an unsecured environment and viewed by someone who shouldn’t have access to that data.
Understanding the Dark Side of the Internet
Terms like the dark web and malware get tossed around a lot, though most people only have a vague idea of what they actually mean. Understanding the ins and outs of the internet can feel a little daunting, so we enlisted our favorite writers to help explain the basics below. Because the more you know…
The Easiest Ways to Improve Your Online Security Right Now
2. If you’re cruising unprotected on public WiFi (think airport or coffee shop), a hacker with only a very basic bit of knowledge could see everything on your computer. This is why you need a VPN.
3. Changing your internet safety habits doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. If you only have 5 minutes, here are 5 things you can do to instantly improve your online security.
Passwords Made Simple
We’ll Keep an Eye Out for You
Last year was the worst year on record for data breaches. Strong passwords are your best defense.
Dashlane’s job is to remove the burden of dealing with all those passwords while lowering your risk. In addition to notifying our users whenever there is a major breach, Dashlane offers Dark Web Monitoring with personalized alerts, so if your information is ever compromised, we’ll let you know right away.