Data breaches are common occurrences these days, with personal information routinely stolen or misappropriated from social media, banks, retail outlets and other online sites. From the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which affected an estimated 87 million Facebook users to the data breach discovered by credit-reporting agency Equifax – which notified 143 million consumers in 2017 that their personal information (including Social Security Numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases drivers’ license numbers) and, in a small number of cases, credit card information exposed – we are witnessing with distressing regularity the insecurity of private, confidential information.
The general rule is to treat your online privacy as you would your money — with the highest level of security to ensure your information does not fall into the wrong hands. Here are some tips to strengthen the safety and security of your online accounts to avoid being the victim of a data breach.
Nothing is Truly Deleted
Every time you’re online, you are leaving a trail of activity. From websites you search for information, online shopping sites to social media posts, including photos and videos, your information is being stored. Even when you delete a social media post or photo, chances are that it’s still living …