A new study has revealed that 15 Billion passwords are on sale on the dark web. The mind-blowing number highlights just how important it is for companies to take seriously the data that they are collecting from customers.
Shub Law Firm specializes in many areas of consumer fraud litigation. Data breach cases are one such area. When a company collects your sensitive personal information, you expect that the company has sufficient protections in place to protect your data from unscrupulous predators. But that’s not always the case.
The number of data breach cases is growing by the day. It seems that many companies are simply not taking the threat of cybersecurity as seriously as they should. The threat is very real. For example, researchers at the cybersecurity firm, Digital Shadows, found usernames and passwords from everything from online bank accounts to video streaming services plastered on the dark web.
The majority of exposed credentials stem from hundreds of thousands of data breaches. Worse yet, the majority of the hacked information belongs to consumers, not businesses. The threat to consumers is very real as the number of data breaches continues to grow.
That’s why it’s important to have consumer fraud lawyers, like the Shub Law Firm on your side. We pride ourselves on representing consumers in class action lawsuits against the largest corporations. We handle data breach and cyber privacy lawsuits nationwide.
PROTECT YOUR DATA
When it comes to your personal information, safety is paramount. Follow these steps:
- Do not use passwords that may easily identify you. For example, avoid using your birthday as your password.
- Don’t use the same password for every account you have. Use individual passwords for each online service that you use.
- Where available, use two-factor authentication. Two factor authentication provides an extra layer of protection for your sensitive information. With two-factor authentication, only you can access your account on a trusted device or the web.
- Online tools like HaveIBeenPwned can also indicate whether a person’s email address has been compromised in a major data breach. Apps, like CreditKarma, will also inform you if your information has been compromised in a data breach.
- Finally, it goes with out saying: NEVER give your personal information to anyone that you do not know or trust. There are simply too many predators out there looking for their next victim. Don’t let it be you!
If you or someone you know believes your personal information has been lost or stolen as a result of a data breach or hack, please contact us today for a free consultation. We at Shub Law specialize in cyber privacy and consumer protection lawsuits. Let’s get justice! Contact us now via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 856-772-7200.