In 2015 there were 781 data breaches tracked, making it the second highest year for data breaches in the United States. Despite increased cybersecurity, business continues to be the number one target for fraudsters, topping the list with 40% of the data beaches. This year is no different, with over 600 data breaches to date; consumers, like you, are worried about their information.

What companies have been affected? Below is a list of some of the major headliners in data breaches so far this year.

  • Wendy’s
  • Mate1
  • VK
  • R2Games
  • Myspace
  • LinkedIn
  • Dropbox
  • Zoosk
  • Kroger
  • Omni Hotels
  • Kimpton Hotels
  • Banner Health
  • CiCi’s Pizza
  • Noodles & Co.

Over 500 million records have been exposed, with the possibility of millions more.

Data breaches are no joke. One out of every three people involved in a data breach later becomes a victim of identity theft. Unfortunately we can’t control when a data beach occurs. However, we can minimize the effects by utilizing identity protection, like SHERPA.® SHERPA® Identity Protection alerts you by e-mail if your personal information is detected on the dark web. If you find yourself involved in a data breach, immediately change your password and set up notifications to alert you if an unknown users attempts to log in. Check your bank account to make sure no fraudulent activity has occurred and call your financial institution to cancel and re-issue your credit or debit card if necessary.  If you discover someone is using your name to open new lines of credit, alert all three credit bureaus as soon as possible. If you feel that your social security number may have been compromised, call your SHERPA® specialist immediately. The more proactive you are about your identity, the less time and money it takes to restore it.

 

Sources: Identity Theft Resource Center, CSID, CUtoday.info