A Decade of Data Breach – Your Personal & Professional Identity At Risk [Infographic]

July 12, 2013 · 9 comments

in IT & Tech

stop-smiley-150x150Your Personal Data
Has A Bad Habit 
Of Roaming Off… 

Each year, the amount of data that is stored online about our lives grows… 

And so too does the damage done by increasingly savvy hacking tools leading to a breach of the safety measures a site may be using. 

You likely still remember the trouble that hit the Department of Veterans Affairs, or T.J. Maxx Credit Cards, or the Sony Playstation network! 

And that’s only the “big name” attacks and doesn’t include the much more recent LinkedIn hacking and more!

All of this is the tip of the iceberg of problems that lead me to recommend a LegalShield Identity Theft Protection package to my coaching and consulting clients. 

Majority of internet marketers are HIGHLY at risk because of how much data we bring online for the sake of building a business out here. 

Just how much data gets leaked every year though? 

Check out this useful infographic from the idExperts team

decade-of-data-breachWow!  

And as I said, that’s just the “big stuff” and doesn’t include many of the attacks that have directly affected those of us in internet marketing!

If you’re operating with a good, highly affordable, legal plan and identity theft monitoring and repair plan, you’re unfortunately sitting duck for stuff like this. 

Many internet marketers fail to treat their business as a business and skimp on important things like this (often while throwing money weekly at new “shiny objects” that they will either never use or will be out of date before they even get started. 

Be sure you treat your business as a business and have both a legal plan and an identity theft monitoring plan in place to protect you, your assets, and your business from inevitable data breaches such as these. 

Take care of your business and do the smart things to avoid losing it all to the bad guys!

~ Kim ~
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PS: Don’t put this off like you might be tempted to do. That’s exactly what leads to you being unprotected when it happens. Do it this week and you can thank me later :)

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8 comments
Irving
Irving

Kim

What a great plethora of information. I've used LifeLock in the past but in reading your post I've come to realize that this isn't enough. Taking additional steps is not only a good idea, it's become a necessity.

Also, did you mean "If you’re NOT operating with a good, highly affordable, legal plan and identity theft monitoring and repair plan, you’re unfortunately sitting duck for stuff like this." Thank you for a really great post!

Dante Frizzoli
Dante Frizzoli

This is just kind of depressing. I didn't know it was THAT much of a problem. I wonder what the rates are for people's information being misused where they have to spend money to fix their credit?

Raena Lynn
Raena Lynn

Hi Kimberly,

Wow! What an infographic! The statistics are incredible and a wake up call. The identity theft jump from 5 to 12.6 million from 2003 to 2012 is astounding! Your advise to treat our business as a business and have a security and legal plan in place is taken to heart. Your security posts from the last few days will come in handy. Thanks for sharing.

Raena Lynn

Sarah Arrow
Sarah Arrow

Wow, what a lot of hassle hacking causes. I've recently changed all my passwords (again) but I'v found one of the biggest hassles is getting other people to change theirs on a regular basis.

Tanis
Tanis

This inforgraphic is really a call to action. Its time i take some drastic measures regarding my personal security. Thank you for sharing.

Cherrie Bautista
Cherrie Bautista

I've thought about the legal plan but not the credit monitoring. It makes sense that you have to monitor your credit activities as well, if you're going to be proactive about this. Which credit monitoring company would you recommend?

Jupiter Jim
Jupiter Jim

Kimberly,

the infographic is downright frightening, but if anyone wants to know, I use the LegalShield identity protection and have used LegalShield since it was known as Pre-Paid Legal. They are an excellent company with excellent service and I recommend them.

Sincerely,

Jupiter Jim

Marty Diamond
Marty Diamond

WOW - Glad I read this even though it's a topic I'd rather avoid - seems I finally need to get my head out of the sand on this topic and start protecting our identities with more than just a shredder and watching our credit card statements. Probably a good idea to run a credit check regularly to see what might be lurking that you don't know about.