Your personal information is potentially the Digital Key to facilitate the compromise of your on-line, and physical personalities – if these credentials are not managed, then if they are abused, it may be that at the time of discovering the breach, the financial, personal, and reputational implications may be considerable and adverse!The first step must be to confirm the security of entities like Bank Accounts, Credit Cards etc. Second, assume the worse, and change ALL passwords – last, whilst you may expect very little in response, report this to Fraud Watch and the Police.However, many who suffer such a situation may not have the required levels of skill to fully investigate, so if the losses are high, it may be worth hiring the time of a professional to check out the overall Digital Footprint you own.
- Professor John Walker
- Shadow Intelligence
Leaked data means information about or relevant to me is no longer in my, or the entity I gave it to's, control. As access to my personal information enables someone to leverage and access my persona and assets, i.e. impersonate me, access my finances, influence me or otherwise create chaos in my life.It's important I know about a breach so I can take action and implement measures I determine are necessary to protect myself and mitigate risk (rather than leaving it to a third party or unknown unpermitted use).Depending on the type of data leaked, implement protective measures including changing passwords, adding authentication, monitoring and freezing credit, and enhancing awareness of my online environment and influences.
- Jennifer Sanders
- Corporate Attorney
- California, United States
Much of our professional and personal lives exist online and can unintentionally meet when we use the same email addresses or passwords across multiple websites or technology platforms. It is important to understand where you are digitally vulnerable so weak spots can be identified and quickly fixed.With knowledge comes power. Having knowledge of compromised personal data can allow you to take the necessary steps needed to avoid identity theft, reduce the risk of account takeovers and fraud from occurring.
- David Derigiotis
- Corporate Senior Vice President
- Burns & Wilcox