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26 Billion Records Leaked Online in Massive Data Breach

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Massive Data Breach Exposes Billions: Are You at Risk?

An astonishing 26 billion personal records have been found online, likely to include data from many individuals who are unaware of their exposure. This massive data breach encompasses a wide range of personal information, from email addresses to more sensitive details, significantly increasing the risk to your online safety.

Understanding the Risk

The risk here isn't just the vast amount of data; it's the personal details available that could be misused for identity theft and fraud. Criminals could use stolen credentials to gain access to your accounts across different platforms, especially if they target you directly.

How to Protect Your Data

To minimise the risks from this breach and others, consider these simple measures:

  1. Regularly Update Your Passwords: Use strong, unique passwords for each of your accounts and update them frequently to prevent unauthorised access.

  2. Use a Password Manager: This tool can help you manage and generate complex passwords easily, enhancing your security with minimal effort.

  3. Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Adding this extra layer of security makes it much harder for someone else to access your accounts, even if they have your password.

  4. Stay Alert Online: Be wary of unsolicited requests for personal information. Always verify unexpected communications by contacting the organisation through official means.

How to Check if You’re Affected

We recommend using Have I Been Pwned to check if your information has been compromised. However, it's always a good practice to be proactive about your online security.

Final Thoughts

This significant data breach is a crucial reminder of the importance of maintaining your online safety. Taking proactive steps today can significantly reduce the risk of financial loss and protect your reputation.

If you're unsure how to begin improving your online security, our Cyber Path Team can assist you. We offer support with online security checks and more in-depth technical reviews for your business systems. Being proactive now is more cost-effective than recovering from an incident.

The South West Cyber Resilience Centre is here to keep organisations safer in a digital world. It's free to join.


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