Data Breaches and Social Media

I have been keeping an eye on data breach problems for as long as I have been in business. I have been saying for years that social media companies have their hands everywhere and are sharing your information. This is after all exactly what social media is!!

With that being said, the article I am sharing below only lists emails, and phone numbers being released. But… every bit of that is linked to most consumers financial institutions for easy access.

Pretty sure they are sharing that information as well. Point is data breaches will always be an issue as long as there is data to breach. Even before the technology was in our hands to store so many facts about ourselves. We would use mail and bank ledgers, checks, or tax papers, passports, journals, and more. These were stored in our home, bank vaults, at the office in filing cabinets… etc. But, no less vulnerable.

Before technology people worried about checkbooks being stolen. And some stranger writing all those checks for merchandise and wiping out your account. There were mail scams and stolen hard copy files. Basically, if it was something someone wanted that they could use to better their situation, there isn’t much you can do to stop them. A thief is a thief!

Now, knowing this that our data needs protected as much as it did in the past. We have to take more steps to secure it as best we can. Sticking our heads in the sand won’t make the problem go away. Neither will taking actions like completely avoiding social media (which only penalizes you and your company) won’t protect it either.

Our data is out there but there are steps a savvy person in the 21st century can do to limit the amount of damage a thief can do. Things like hiring a tech-security company to put protocols in place for your office and home computer uses. You can also hire a social media expert to teach you and your staff how to properly use social media to gain all the value but limit the pitfalls. Plus, you can use systems that have safeguards in place to protect your transactions online and protect your customers data at the same time! #SmarterIsAlwaysBetter than ignoring or avoiding.