Your worst nightmare, your email is stolen. What now?
To make money is to go on the offense, take actions, carpe diem, but sometimes it might also make sense to be on the defense. Have you heard of Jordan Reid, who is the founder and host of Ramshackle Glam? Her income-generating website was compromised by a person named, ‘bahbouh’, and was put on the auction website in Flippa for sale with a price tag of $30,000. Can you imagine what you would do if you were Jordan? Your primary source of income not only gone but sold to the highest bidder? This is your worst nightmare, your email is stolen. What now?
Long story short, Jordan got her site back, but not without some heartache, uber amounts of luck, and allies that spent days helping her out. Jordan is very lucky.
Did you know…
- “99% of computer users are vulnerable to exploit kits (software vulnerabilities).” – Heimdal Security
- “59% of employees steal proprietary corporate data when they quit or are fired.” – Heimdal Security
- “63% of businesses don’t have a ‘fully mature’ method to track and control sensitive data.”
– 2014 State of Risk Report, as quoted in Trustwave Security Stats
- “In 93% of breaches, attackers take minutes or less to compromise systems.” – 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon
The list goes on… If you’re thinking whatever company you’re dealing with will protect your data and privacy, then you’re wrong. It’s time to take your data and privacy into your own hands.
I’ve created a tool such that it combs thru the internet to see if your email might have been compromised and what you can do to fix it and services that can further protect your online identity.
Your worst nightmare, your email is stolen. What now?
If you are one of the unlucky ones who might have your account compromised. Here are some things you can do:
Update Your Password
If you have access to your account, update your password and please do not use a simple password like ‘god’ or variation of that.
Use a Strong Password
Follow-up to the above point, select a password that is hard for someone to guess. For example, “O[mj]d.:\$”8(\T”, and please DO NOT use this as your password. You can use a password generator to come up with a complex password. But wait, you’re probably thinking how in the world am I going to remember a complex password?
Glad you asked! The free way is to write it down on a piece of paper and keep it in a secure place like inside your wallet or safe. Please don’t write your password down and post it on your monitor.
Second method is to write it down on a password logbook and store it somewhere safe.
Third method is to use an online password manager such as Dashlane so you can have access to your credentials anywhere any place you have internet access.
Install Antivirus Software
If you haven’t done so, it’s a good time to install an Antivirus software on your computer. It’s a small investment to make compared to what you will lose without one. Someone is hit with a ransomware every 40 seconds according to Barkly Protects, Inc. Below is a short list of reputable antivirus you can check out:
- Advanced System Care – Trusted by millions of users. Advance System Care is the world’s most liked and preferred PC protection utility! The most efficient and simple-to-use tool for the users to quickly optimize and get a clean and faster PC.
- PC Keeper – For PC users, PCKeeper Antivirus will constantly renew virus databases in order to detect the newest threats, prevent malware from damaging your info, and provide real-time protection that helps recognize the potential harm in time. If you feel insecure about any recent downloads, certain programs or files, you can run a custom scan of these dubious items.
- MacKeeper – For Mac users, 911 for your Mac! Users can download the #1 system utility for MAC in the world that helps them scan for errors, boost performance and increase speed!
Install VPN (virtual private network)
Have you heard of Senate Joint Resolution 34 (H. Res. 230)? This is a bill that was passed in the US senate to give power to internet service providers to freely share/sell your private user data to anyone they see fit.
Do you care if your private browsing data is available to the public? Some don’t and some do. If you care about what you’re browsing on the internet and would like it to remain private,
I would recommend you install a VPN. Below are some high-quality VPNs you can take a look at:
- AnchorFree Hotspot Shield Elite – Unblock the web with Hotspot Shield Elite VPN! Get lightning-fast internet speeds on ALL your devices in one click! Hotspot shield protects your privacy by never logging your identity or activities and there’s a 30-day money back guarantee that you’ll love this software!
- NordVPN – With more than ten years of experience, NordVPN is a leading VPN provider. NordVPN gives you military-grade protection online, and you can access all your favorite sites without restriction. We never log your activity when using our servers, which are operated under the jurisdiction of Panama, where there are no mandatory data retention laws. So you can always trust your privacy to us.
- HideMyAss – HideMyAss lets you use the web like a private network. The result? High security and access to sites around the world. It couldn’t be easier – the VPN software encrypts your data, giving you total privacy online. Downloading it is a breeze. Looking for your favorite sites from abroad? Choose your virtual nationality from a drop-down menu, and it is that simple. HideMyAss also works on mobile devices unlike other VPN services.
- VPN Express – Get access to your favorite websites worldwide with VPN.Express! With VPN.Express you get unlimited bandwidth that works on all devices and peace of mind knowing that we don’t save any logs from users under any reasons or circumstances. All users data are kept safe and secure.
Perform a Credit Check
It’s always a good idea to run a credit check after your account has been compromised. You never know if someone has been using your information to gain access to your other accounts.
Without Further Ado…
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Data Stolen: x
Breach Confirmed: x
Number of Records Stolen: x
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