(TheConservativeTimes.org) – One of the world’s largest data breaches occurred recently that affected thousands of websites, and we are looking into ways that you can protect yourself after such a data breach.
A giant data breach happened leaking more than 26 billion records throughout multiple different web chains. The owner of Leak Lookup said that the breach took place because of a firewall misconfiguration. Many different websites had their information leaked during this breach. It included websites like X, Weibo, MySpace, Wattpad, Zynga, LinkedIn, AdultFriendFinder, and many others.
You can check to see if your information has been leaked by going to haveibeenpwned.com and entering your email address. If you find that your information has been leaked or sold online then you should start by logging out of all your accounts. Then you should do a malware scan on your devices to check for any other viruses or malware left on them.
To protect yourself in the future you need to change all of your passwords and enable two-factor authentication to ensure that anyone who does try to log in again will have to go through the extra steps. You can also pay for a service to remove your information from the internet, but these are not always 100% guaranteed as it’s hard to ensure that all your information is off of the internet. It’s a good precaution to take to protect against future unauthorized use of your information.
You should contact your bank and any other financial companies to make them aware of the situation and to dispute any charges that were not authorized by you. You should also keep an eye on your credit reports as well and report any suspicious changes. Lastly, make sure to report the data breach not only to your local police but also to the Federal Trade Commission and the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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