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, and how to protect yourself and your information from future breaches.
In July 2017, Equifax, one of the three main organizations in the U.S. that calculates credit scores, announced a breach that impacted more than 143 million consumers in the U.S. Hackers stole information including names, social security numbers, addresses, birth dates, credit card numbers and more.
How do I know if I was impacted?
Equifax has set up a security center where you can enter your information to see if you were affected. Click here to find out.
What should I do if I was one of the affected accounts?
Enroll in a monitoring program (like the TrustedID program offered for free by Equifax) that will alert you of suspicious activity. Stay vigilant on checking your accounts and report any questionable activity immediately.
Equifax call center: 1-866-447-7559
In 2013, every one of Yahoo’s three billion user accounts were affected by a data breach. The hack exposed names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, encrypted passwords and unencrypted security questions.
How do I know if I was impacted?
If you had a Yahoo account in 2013, it is almost certain you were impacted. According to Yahoo’s website, the company took action to protect all accounts, including directly notifying impacted users identified at the time, requiring password changes and invalidating unencrypted security questions and answers so they could not be used to access an account. You should have received an alert from Yahoo letting you know of the breach on your account.
What should I do if I was one of the hacked?
The most important thing you can do is change your password and take all of the precautions offered by Yahoo to authenticate your account when logging in. Monitor your account closely and report any suspicious activity.
Follow these steps from Yahoo.
Other Notable Breaches
Sonic: Sonic recently reported that an unknown number of store payment systems were impacted by a hack that could result in millions of stolen credit and debit card accounts.
Chipotle: Chipotle announced hackers used malware to access credit card data from payment systems at certain locations this spring.
Arby’s: Between October 2016 and January 2017, an unspecified number of Arby’s locations were hacked by malware on payment systems. The malware has since been removed.
Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG): IHG owns hotel chains like Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Candlewood Suites. In 2017, the group announced a breach that impacted 12 properties after malware was found on payment systems of hotel bars and restaurants. The malware was active from August to December 2016 and collected information from names, card numbers and expiration dates.
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.