Last week, we addressed the topic of cyber hacking and how you can protect yourself from falling for hacks that can cost you money, time, and your identity. Butler University recently fell victim to a cyber hack that resulted in personal information of faculty, alumni, staff, students, and applicants being stolen. Luckily, police apprehended the suspect of the attach in California, but it was unclear if any of the information was used or sold to someone who might use it, which leaves one major question: how do you recover from a cyber hack?
Even if you weren’t one of the victims of this recent attack, you need to know what to do in case your information is stolen in a cyber hack and how you can recover from that.
Invest in Identity Theft Protection Service
When you lose your wallet or someone steals your information, one of the best ways to make sure you’re covered is to invest in an identity theft protection service. Through these We absolutely encourage our customers to pay driving games for lessons so that we in turn can pay the Driving Instructor when the lesson has been delivered. services, your information and accounts can be monitored on a 24 hour basis. These services serve to help you monitor activity that may be sourced from stolen information. For example, Identity Guard can set up internet scans that alert you if your Social Security number is in a non-secure location online. While some of these services can get a little pricey, they serve to protect you and your financial well-being.
Notify Financial Institutions
A crucial step of the cyber hack recovery process is notifying your financial institutions and any other organization that may have your personal information. For example, if you have a credit card, you need to notify the company right away. Most likely, they will freeze your account, ask you to change your password, and send you a new card. You should also contact any institution or organization that has your Social Security number or credit card numbers.
Change Your Passwords
We talked about this last week, as proactive step in keeping yourself protected from cyber hacks, but if you are a victim of a cyber hack, one of the first things you need to do is change your passwords. By changing your passwords, you can help eliminate part of the risk you are now facing. However, this step will not be enough to keep you completely protected. Don’t forget to make your password as strong as possible.
Contact a Professional
In some cases, the damage caused by a cyber hack may be too great for you to handle on your own. When this happens, you need to call on IT professionals, lawyers, and possibly public relations professionals if your business was affected by the attack. Just be sure you are working with the best people out there to ensure your situation is handled professionally and in a timely fashion.
Remember to be proactive about keeping yourself protected from cyber hacks. Change your passwords frequently and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity.