During last week, two notable security breaches made the technology headlines around the country. Those failures are a reminder that, regardless of private or business use, data handling is an important issue and should be taken seriously.
Last week, the National Bank of Canada (NBC) released a statement acknowledging a security failure (referred to as a “glitch”) which exposed customers filling a specific form to the information filled by the previous customer. The NBC, however, has announced that the glitch was taken care of and that, other than the information on said form, there was no sensitive information leakage.
On a larger scale, the U.S. based consumer credit reporting agency Equifax suffered a cybersecurity incident, which potentially affected around 100,000 customers in Canada alone, who could have had their credit information viewed and stolen by the attackers. The breach is believed to have started on the company’s mobile app, where information such as names, addresses, social insurance numbers and, in some cases, credit card information was accessed by the intruders.
Given the scale of the security failure, the OPC (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada) is conducting an investigation on the matter and Equifax has offered complimentary credit card monitoring and identity theft protection for free for the next 12 months, as a way to try and compensate the security failure.
If big companies need cyber-protection, then why wouldn’t you?
Glitches and security breaches could happen to anyone, from big companies to private customers, so safety measures should never be disregarded. Some simple safety measures can be adopted to prevent such attacks, such as:
- Paying special attention to website links and ads;
- Check links and sources of incoming e-mails;
- Keep your anti-virus updated;
- Download apps and programs only from trustworthy and reliable sources;
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