Is it enough to apologize after a data breach?
DriveHer, ride-sharing app for women, suspended their service after a data breach exposed personal information. In a social media post it revealed that it was undergoing a “maintenance check” and suspended its services indefinitely. They said that the company is “fixing things up.”
What about Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg said in his written testimony, “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook, I run it, and I’m responsible for what happens here.”
Shortly after Uber settled with the FTC for deceptive privacy and data security practices in 2014 it was discovered that they failed to disclose a major 2016 breach. In the latest settlement Uber must disclose future incidents.
Really? Come on!
I’m sorry. Hand slaps. Don’t do it again. One more time and…What?
Who is paying the price for this sloppy monitoring of our personal data? Well, of course, it’s us. While these corporations are raking in millions upon millions of dollars for their company our personal information is making a lucrative profit for the cyber criminals.
Where does that leave us, the victim?
Although we have little control over how our data is protected by these companies there are some steps and guidelines we can follow to try to reduce these risks.
- First and foremost, make sure to read the privacy policies of any site or app that you use. Understand the risks and use of your personal data.
- Keep your OS and other software up-to-date. Remove old apps and software that you no longer use. Disable unused social media accounts.
- Use strong passwords. Don’t use the same password for everything.
- Keep sensitive data out of the cloud.
- Never use public WiFi for conducting personal transactions.
- Don’t give an app access to information that is not necessary in order to run the software, such as your contacts or camera.
You can also register your email address at haveibeenpwned.com This website will check and notify you if your account has been compromised in a data breach.
Remember, you cannot eliminate all the risks of your online activity but by being #CyberAware you can help to reduce your chances of becoming one of the victims in these breaches.