Has your personal data been breached?
If your details are on the list, your personal identifiable information (PII) has been exposed and your name and surname, ID number, e-mail address, and password, which (unbelievably) was stored in plain text in a backup copy of the exposed database, is now in the hands of potential fraudsters.
This latest assault on South African’s privacy was made public on Wednesday the 23rd of May 2018 by serial breach exposer Troy Hunt, of HaveIbeenPwned fame, who became a household name in South Africa last year when he broke the news of the ‘Master Deeds’ data breach, which laid bare the identity records of approximately 60 million South Africans. You may be thinking “But South Africa doesn’t have 60 million citizens”, but this dataset also included deceased identities – virtual gold for fraudsters looking to misrepresent themselves and pass themselves off as someone else.
With many call centres simply asking incoming callers to answer a few personal questions to verify their identities, fraudsters can easily pass themselves off as you and initiate an email address or even a password change and get unfettered access to all your account detail.
The threat is real, and it’s about time we did something about it, but what can you do?
Well, for one you should consider changing your passwords on a regular basis, but that’s a no-brainer. Secondly, the use of password management software that generates long and strong passwords for you is highly recommended.
But what can you do to hide the information that has already been exposed? The short answer is… NOTHING!
A good analogy would be trying to push running water back into an open tap. It’s just not possible. The only option available to you is to protect yourself against the effects of your information being firmly in the hands of an identity thief. That you CAN do!
iFacts has partnered with ThisIsMe for our Identification Verifications, ThisIsMe is uniquely placed to help you keep your identity protected and safeguard you against having your credit record completely obliterated by identity thieves.
You’ve worked hard your entire life to build what you have, and it can all disappear overnight if you don’t take proactive steps to safeguard yourself and your family.
Take a stand against identity theft today:
Step 1: Check to see if you’re exposed. You can do this for free using our free breach checker tool at https://www.thisisme.com/?_url=/