The Identity Theft Resource Center found that records were being broken with 1,579 data breaches occurring in 2017, resulting in more than 178 million points of data being stolen. The type of data compromised in these breaches included Social Security numbers, birth dates, names, home addresses, email addresses, passwords and in some instances, driver’s license numbers.
You may stop and say to yourself, I have no control over how or when these different vendors and providers will be breached, so there is not really anything I can do about it. But, is that also true?
Ask yourself this:
- Do you know who has your sensitive data?
- Can you identify what other risks you face with the data that’s already been stolen?
- Do you have a plan to react when someone attempts to use your stolen data?
You may have minimal to no responses for this because it is not the most important thing you are focused on. The reality is you may not have accepted that you are a target and that you face a tremendous amount of risk.