Is Your Personal Data Secure?

Recently, we had an interesting meeting with a client that raised some important points that were worthy of sharing. It is a very important topic that has been flagged by Microsoft, Apple, Google, and almost every other tech company in the world. It has to do with your personal data and whether your information is secure.

Before we dive in, there should be a little context that helps explain the dark side of the internet. Whether you believe or not, there is something referred to as the dark web. It is basically a side of the internet where individuals go to sell illegal goods and communicate with dangerous people. There are hundreds of sites on the dark web that have been taken down in the past (Silk Road) and overall it isn’t very pretty. However, various hackers have used the dark web to sell credit cards, personal information, etc.

It Starts With A Data Breach

Companies are required to inform you and complete an investigation when a data breach occurs. It has happened to corporations like Amazon, Google, and Facebook and results in the information of millions of users being exposed. If it can happen to these multi-billion dollar businesses, it can happen to anyone. Frankly, when it does happen, the best thing you can do is see how much of your data is exposed. The problem in today’s society is that privacy has become little concern. Although various privacy measures are taken to help protect the privacy of users, sharing too much information on the internet can have dangerous impacts.

For example, a recent data breach with a company called Chegg resulted in the emails and passwords of millions of users being exposed. These lists of personal information were then sold online and exposed on various websites. It is very likely that the same email and password users had with Chegg are used on various other online accounts. Yet, without enough awareness, users don’t change their login details until it is too late. Hackers can use this login information and attempt accessing messages from social media accounts and files stored on the cloud.

What we do to help clients?

At AdaptX, all clients who sign up with us automatically undergo a few security checks prior to gaining access to the client dashboard and website backend. We run a scan with the email address on file to ensure it is not on any of the exposed lists available online. The alarming thing is, 90% of the time, the email address and password were exposed at one point in time. Clients are not able to access our secure dashboard (or their website dashboard for that matter) until the existing security risks have been addressed. The great thing is, many of these security checks are completed automatically and you will only be notified if we see a security risk with your account. This is one thing that really sets AdaptX apart. We have yet to find a company that checks client accounts as thoroughly as we do.

I am not a client. How can I check if my email address and password have been exposed?

We want everyone to remain safe and secure online. Regardless of whether you are currently an AdaptX client. Thankfully, Avast (a leading free antivirus software company) offers a free check available for users to check and verify their email addresses with exposed password lists. You can access that page by clicking the link below. Please note that you will receive a complete report by email that includes the passwords that were leaked online. Go into the report and view all leaked passwords to ensure they are not used in any current active online account you have. If so, change the passwords immediately. Some leaked passwords may be encrypted or incorrect. If that is the case, you can click ignore on the flagged password so it doesn’t flag it again when you check the next time.

Using tools like this can keep everyone safer online. We recommend sharing this article to family and friends so they can also be aware of the leaked passwords and keep their accounts secure as well.

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