Was your account involved in a data breach? What to do about it.
The odds are against us when it comes to data breaches. Most likely, one of your accounts will be breached at some point. And it doesn’t even have to be your fault, as history has proven.
Here’s what you should do in order to reduce the damage if one of your accounts is breached:
· Keep calm and change your password. I’m talking about the password for the hacked account – log in as soon as you find out about the breach. Change the password, make sure you set up a new, strong and unique one.
· Activate two-factor authentication, if the hacked service offers you this option. It will act as a second layer of protection, besides the initial password. Every time you’ll want to log in from a new device or browser, it will request you to authenticate using a second pass code, that’s unique and time sensitive. You’ll receive that one on your mobile phone – via a special app or text message.
· If you were using that same password on any other account, connect to all your other accounts and change their passwords. Start with the email account that was linked to the hacked account. Repeat the previous steps (new, strong and unique password, and activate two-factor authentication).
And, in the future, make sure you don’t recycle your passwords. Each account/website should have a unique password.