Have You Been Breached? · 4 Corner IT

Most people are aware that anyone could become a victim of data breaches. Unfortunately, many people did not know that information can be stolen without the victim even knowing. A hacker can penetrate into one’s network and retrieve personal information all while the affected person has no idea. There are various ways to protect yourself and your company against attackers. But what happens if your information was stolen and what can hackers do with your information?

The Importance of Your Data

No matter what kind of business you run or the size of your company, the data you have is extremely valuable and may contain sensitive information. Unfortunately, information can be hacked and sold to the highest bidder on the dark web. Data stolen can be personal information of employees or may contain important financial matters. Hackers attempt to retrieve any and all information in hopes to sell it for a considerable amount of money.

Password Managers Can Help

Password managers, such as LastPass, Bitwarden, and 1Password help create strong passwords and may store these passwords for whenever you need them. Password managers can alert users if an attacker has stolen a password kept in its databases. It is important to note that not all password managers have this feature or this feature may come with a price; therefore, interested users should conduct additional research on what capabilities various password managers have and the costs.

Credit Monitoring Agencies

Similar to bank monitoring services that alert you of possible fraudulent charges made on your card, the goal of credit monitoring agencies is to keep track of your credit and of potential fraud that may appear on credit reports. Hackers may attempt to use one’s personal information to open new lines of credit. Checking your credit history for accounts and any possible credit cards can be one way to ensure your personal information has not been stolen. Credit monitoring services, such as Experian and CreditWise can provide users with notifications of possible fraud in order to assist them in protecting their personal information. 

Have I Been Pwned

Troy Hunt, a security expert, developed a tool known as Have I Been Pwned. It allows you to search through various data breaches to see if your email address or phone number has been leaked online. It’s a valuable resource to have in order to determine if you may have possibly been involved in a data breach.

The most effective way to keep hackers from utilizing your personal information is by taking preventative measures now. 4 Corner IT can assist in protecting you and your business against attackers by implementing various security solutions designed to keep others away from your network and store sensitive information in a secure manner. 

To learn more about security for your company, reach out to us at 954.474.2204.

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