How consumers can defend themselves and potential risks to those who have been exposed

How consumers can defend themselves and potential risks to those who have been exposed

Ian Yip, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, McAfeeBy Ian Yip, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, McAfee

“Hundreds of millions of people are still at risk of a multitude of vulnerabilities, which can be exploited by sophisticated cybercriminals who are driven by monetary gain.

 It’s prudent for citizens to act fast and defend themselves. With such a high volume of personal data being discovered, nobody can assume they haven’t themselves fallen victim. As an immediate next step, passwords need to be changed. If you have the same password across any account, device or app you need to make every single one unique, strong and never re-use it again. A password manager is a great option if you want to do this quickly.

 Once your password is in the hands of a cybercriminal, they can gain access to personal and even financial information by painting a ‘picture’ of you. This is yet another alarming wakeup call for people who do not place importance on their online privacy, security and data protection. Cyber resilience must remain a high priority goal for organisations and citizens.”