How To Navigate A Data Leak

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Welcome to the 21st century. The age of the Data Leak and web security breaches galore. Virtually no website is secure from determined data-miners and hackers alike. On Tuesday, user info (including addresses and partial credit card numbers) was leaked from the site Ashley Madison and has left the web and real world in an uproar. The leak came in two parts. Another info drop was made yesterday and seems to be info from the website owners and internal site goings-on, supposedly including internal site emails.

Very little of our internet deeds or misdeeds are truly secure. This is the era of leaked celebrity nudes, internal email breaches, and security insecurity. For those in the know, it’s easy enough to “cover” your tracks online through a series of email accounts and a few pre-paid credit cards, but on the whole, most people do not go through that much trouble to hide their actions online. Not a wise idea in this modern age.

There are a few things you, the consumer, can do in such a situation. Hackers and data-miners do not merely go after cheaters, all things considered. Adobe, Yahoo, and iCloud have all experienced data breaches in the last few years, and the list of major security events and effected companies continues to grow.

Troy Hunt, a web security specialist, developed the website Have I Been Pwned, a searchable database of past and present data leaks. The list of websites and programs that have had security breaches is considerable and you may want to check your own email address on the aforementioned website if you have any sort of social media presence. At the very least, you might want to change your passwords. Here are a few other tips on how to secure your accounts after a security breach.

Aonie Anfa

Counter-culture diva, spider lady, literary junkie, and a student of the strange and esoteric.