Think you might have been hacked? A recent report revealed just how many people have been impacted by data breaches, and the numbers are pretty upsetting. But that’s not the worst part.
Accenture recently did an online survey of a little over 4,000 bank customers in North America. Around 70 percent were from the U.S. Almost a quarter of everyone surveyed said they have been victims of financial data breaches over the past two years. Still, the most shocking thing to come from the report is that people are still willing to release their information if they believe it will improve services. They say the opportunity for lower prices, faster service and more relevant advice is worth the risks involved.
Nearly 63 percent said they would even give their financial institution direct access to personal information. Banks use data from credit cards, mortgages and student loans to match customers with suitable products and services.
Stay on guard, take these steps
Stay on top of security updates: Software developers are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of hackers. They test their platforms for vulnerabilities and regularly send out patches. However, those patches won't do you any good if you constantly ignore them.
Watch for suspicious activity: If you suspect that your information has been compromised, monitor your credit report, and watch for suspicious activity on your credit cards. Review your statements for unauthorized transactions, and change your passwords for all necessary accounts.
Secure your devices: Security updates are a good place to start, but it's not enough. When hackers find gaps and flaws that haven't been patched, they can utilize those vulnerabilities to their advantage.