Data breaches occur when information is compromised by being taken from a system without the knowledge of the system’s owner. In past years, data breaches have become more common, and all of us are at risk of being a victim of one. So why should you check for data breaches?
(Remember, you can use the Protect My Privacy App to check if you have been affected by a breach!)
Often people have been involved in breaches without knowing, after years of using the internet, you probably don’t know what personal information is out there online. It’s important to check if your personal data has been breached. If your data has been breached, then you need to act.
The size and scale of breaches differ, they range from a small-scale breach, where only a small number of people accessed the data, to your data being widely available for the public to access. There is also the possibility of your data being available for purchase on the dark web following a breach, which means that literally anyone could have access to it.
Whilst all data breaches are serious, some can be more dangerous than others. Depending on what data has been compromised, the height of the damage against you could be massive. In 2020, EasyJet suffered a cyber-attack that affected over 9 million customers, with thousands having their credit card details accessed. Having someone access your finances can be detrimental and can lead to unknown sources using them.
The most important step is finding out if you have been involved in a breach. Protect My Privacy regularly searches the dark web for personal data that has been exposed in a breach; hacked, stolen, or just inadvertently made public by incompetent companies. By using our app, you can regain control of your personal data and manage your digital footprint to reduce the chance of being in future breaches.
We take security seriously which is why we’ve been assessed and certified for addressing cybersecurity effectively and mitigating the risk from Internet-based threats.