Letters went out last week from Butler University informing students, faculty, staff, alumni, former employees, and applicants that their information may have been stolen. The letters, sent on June 26th warned the 163,000 potentially affected people about the stolen information. Police informed Butler officials on May 28th that a suspect was apprehended in California with a flash drive containing information about people affiliated with the University. While you may not have been affected by this particular hack, you need to understand the hack and the best ways to protect yourself against cyber hacks.
What the Hackers Stole
When these sorts of hacks take place, it’s important to know exactly what information was stolen so you can better prepare yourself for any backlash that may happen. In this particular case, the hackers were able to steal the following information about students, faculty, staff, alumni, and applicants:
- Birth Dates
- Social Security Numbers
- Bank Account Information
While you may not have been affected by this particular hack, you do need to understand the best ways to protect yourself against cyber hacks. As we move more and more to online and automated technology, we become more open to attacks like this one, which is why taking the caution to keep yourself, your information, and your finances protected online is so important. Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself protected:
- Change your passwords. Don’t wait for a hack like this to happen to change your passwords. Instead, change your passwords every few months and make sure you are using a strong password that makes it difficult for hackers to decode.
- Don’t use public computers. If you need to check your bank account or other personal accounts, make sure you are doing it on a private and secure network. When you use public networks or computers, you are leaving yourself vulnerable to attacks.
- Set up alerts. Financial institutions offer alerts for unusual or large transactions. You can turn these alerts on to help you monitor your accounts and inform you when something suspicious happens.
- Never send critical data through e-mail. If you need to talk to someone at your bank, then you need to either call or visit a local branch. If a financial institution contacts you through e-mail, don’t respond to it or provide your information. It could be a hack or someone could be using an e-mail to scam you for your information.
- Check your accounts regularly. Aside from checking on how much money you have, you should be checking all of your accounts on a regular basis to monitor activity, balance account summaries, and scanning transactions.
Keeping your data and online presence is crucial. A data protection plan can help you avoid hacks and scams that target your information and critical data. Diverse Tech Services can help you put a plan in place to manage and protect your data. Call us at 317524-5700 or visit us online to learn how we can help you.
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