July 1st marks the halfway point of the year. What better time to review the last six months of 2016? The Identity Theft Resource Center reports 500 breaches with over 12.8 million records exposed since January 1, 2016. The breaches span the verticals of financial services, business, education, government/military, and government/healthcare. At this rate, we may surpass last year’s total of a staggering 780 breaches.
When it comes to reversing the trend of growing breaches, the good news is that protecting our identities is largely in our control. We just have to remember basic security practices like creating long, strong passwords and thinking before we click on suspicious links. We always advise to enlist the help of a third-party monitoring service, to help keep an eye on your personal and financial information.
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