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Guide to Data Breaches 2018: Facebook, Marriott and More

Data hacks, security breaches and cybersecurity incidents have become everyday terms in the past few years. With all the recent data hacks of big-name companies, it is almost impossible to keep up with the latest breaches that may have impacted you and your information.

To find out if you were affected by one of the latest major breaches, we’ve put together a guide on how to find out if your information was compromised, what steps to take if you were impacted, and how to protect yourself and your information from future breaches.

Facebook

What happened?

Facebook has dealt with a few information scandals this year. At least 87 million records were shared with a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, and then it was reported that at least 50 million users’ information was hacked.

How do I know if I was impacted?

Facebook should have contacted you this fall if you were impacted. You should have been logged out of your account and sent a message by Facebook.

What should I do if I was one of the affected accounts?

Stay vigilant on checking your accounts and report any questionable activity immediately.

Marriott

What happened?

The hotel chain’s Starwood guest reservation database was hacked, exposing the personal information of around 500 million people. Hackers gained access to names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, passport numbers and gender details. Some card numbers were also stolen.

How do I know if I was impacted?

If you made a reservation at a Starwood property between 2014 and September 2018, you could be affected. Marriott should have sent you an email with additional information.

What should I do if I was one of the hacked?

Enroll in a monitoring program that will alert you of suspicious activity. Stay vigilant on checking your accounts and report any questionable activity immediately.

Call center: 877-273-9481

More information here.

Exactis

What happened?

Around 340 million records were exposed (230 million Americans’ records) by a database belonging to Exactis, a marketing company based in Florida that collects consumer information. Hacked data involved approximately 400 characteristics about individuals, including personally identifiable information like hobbies and interests, religious affiliation, email addresses and phone numbers. The types of information hackers obtained makes this particularly dangerous because they can more easily impersonate people.

How do I know if I was impacted?

Exactis hasn’t set up a way for people to know if they were hacked, but due to the massive number of records exposed, people should assume their information was included.

What should I do if I was one of the hacked?

Enroll in a monitoring program that will alert you of suspicious activity. Stay vigilant on checking your accounts and report any questionable activity immediately.

Other Notable Breaches

Under Armour: Up to 150 million MyFitnessPal users’ information was stolen. Hackers gained access to users’ names, email addresses and passwords. Users’ payment and social security numbers were not exposed.

Saks and Lord & Taylor: 5 million customers’ credit and debit card numbers were stolen from March 2017-March 2018.

Orbitz: Hackers got access to a legacy travel booking platform and exposed around 880,000 customers’ names, dates of birth, phone numbers, email addresses, billing addresses, gender and payment card information.

The most important thing you can do is take precautionary steps to protect yourself from future hacks by taking all recommended security precautions and to be diligent about monitoring your accounts. For more information on which steps to take to protect your information, visit our Cybersecurity page.

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