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SPAR – Cybersecurity Tip of the Week – Change Your Password If You Are Part Of a Data Breach

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New shocking data shows how unconcerned victims are after being notified of a data breach involving their credentials or personal information. A data breach is serious business and only represents the beginning of what can become a sequence of malicious events in the future involving the stolen data. If you have been notified that you have been compromised, take steps to secure your accounts. This includes changing your password on all compromised accounts and NOT reusing passwords for multiple accounts.

But new data from the Identity Theft Resource Center’s Data Breach Notice Research report shows very few victims take all the appropriate action to properly secure their accounts once receiving notice of a data breach. According to the report:

  • 48% only change the password for the affected account, despite 85% of respondents admitting they use the same password across multiple accounts
  • 22% changed passwords on all their accounts
  • 16% of victims take no action at all

When asked why good password hygiene (which includes unique passwords for each account) isn’t being used, the following reasons were identified:

  • 52% said it’s too difficult to remember their passwords
  • 48% don’t trust or know how to use password managers
  • 46% don’t think it’s important or believe their password practices are good enough

Use your SPAR training! Be prepared to respond to these breaches by securing your accounts.