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It seems like it was just yesterday that cyber attacks were rarely in the headlines and only involved 'obvious' targets. Today, anybody can become a victim, with hundreds of millions of private records having been compromised in the past year alone through data breaches and vulnerabilities.

The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse lists 700 disclosed breaches for the year which includes several influential enterprises. The experts predict that cybercrime will only become more rampant as time goes on, so it's critical to keep an eye on what's been happening.

Here are three key lessons we can learn from 2018's biggest data breaches.

  • DG

    Dana Gore

    11 months ago #

    Thanks so much for sharing this. Yes, unfortunately, this is becoming way too common these days. You really can't trust that your privacy will be protected...so we do need to remain vigilant and aware. I'm not so sure this is going to stop any time soon either, so we'll have to continue to guard what's personal and be mindful of what we share online.
    Great post. Right to the point.

    • EE

      Erik Emanuelli

      11 months ago #

      I've done a lot, recently, to secure all my online businesses.
      I've been attacked many times by hackers the past year.

  • CS

    Chery Schmidt

    11 months ago #

    Great Article!! Thanks for the reminders about these cyber attacks and that we truly do need to pay more attention to securing our information, online as well as off.. Chery :))

  • YA

    Yoga Adi

    11 months ago #

    Thank you so much for sharing this

  • RC

    Reginald Chan

    11 months ago #

    Great content and thanks for sharing this, Erik! Worth reading and shared!

  • RC

    Ravi Chahar

    11 months ago #

    Hey Erik,

    After the Facebook data breach, everyone has become vigilant. Business owners are taking some serious steps to stop it. Of course, the size of a company doesn't matter, every customer is important.
    Thanks for sharing with us.
    ~Ravi

  • NK

    NAYAN KARIYA

    11 months ago #

    Hey Erik,

    Thanks for sharing awesome piece of content man. We are in 2019 now where Data is extremely important and with increasing usage of Data, Data Breaches are also happening. Thanks for sharing great takeways from 2018 Data Breaches :)

  • LS

    Lisa Sicard

    11 months ago #

    Hi Erik, this is such a good reminder for us to keep viligant with our accounts online and offline. I once was breached online personally years ago. Luckily the bank realized I hadn't been to Vegas at that time and it was taken care of quickly. I feel bad for those that have had their identities stolen and have taken years to clear up. Thanks for sharing about this important issue Erik!

    • EE

      Erik Emanuelli

      11 months ago #

      Vegas, the Sin City!
      Glad to read you have been able to solve your issues.
      And yes, we should always pay attention to our personal and business security online.

  • JH

    Joy Healey

    11 months ago #

    Hi Erik,
    A good reminder for vigilance against data breaches going forward.
    Although you mention large corporations, small businesses can also be at risk. When I first started out online I imagined (wrongly!) that my tiny site would be of no interest to hackers. Then I discovered my blog had been hacked beyond redemption by scammers hosting fake designer sales pages within it, and I couldn't even see them myself. Happily I store NO data of financial interest, so no financial risk to anyone but me, but even the tiniest businesses can be targets.

    • EE

      Erik Emanuelli

      11 months ago #

      Wow! That must have been an awful experience, Joy.
      You are never too much secure online. I'm going to apply some new strategies to protect my site this 2019, for sure.

  • LR

    Lorraine Reguly

    11 months ago #

    Breaches are scary, for sure, and it's important to note that third-party apps tend to be the causes of some of these breaches. We definitely need to be careful in 2019, because things might just get worse then. :(

    • EE

      Erik Emanuelli

      11 months ago #

      We always need to be sure to which site or app we share our personal information with. Thanks for sharing your views, Lorraine.

  • SM

    Sherry Mason

    11 months ago #

    Thanks for the post, Erik! We just wrote a similar piece (http://almostism.com/facebook-shared-your-data-with-others-secretly-data-privacy-violation/) based on a recent investigative story by The New York Times. What shocked me most was how, according to NYT, FB allowed Apple to hide some features so that users didn't even know their data was being secretly accessed and siphoned away!

    Such breaches leaves one questioning as to whether one should ever use social media ...

  • DB

    Deepak Bhardwaj

    11 months ago #

    Thank you so much for sharing this

  • JW

    Janice Wald

    11 months ago #

    Hi,
    As a result of data breaches experienced by Facebook and Google+, many new social media sites are cropping up to give content creators choices.
    For example, the new social media site MeWe also offers groups (tribes) like Facebook. Livinvia is another new social media site, and even more are popping up on the scene.
    Janice

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