It's been a very active year for cybercriminals. The number of data breaches are out of control. We recently told you about the largest breach in history, when 500 million Yahoo accounts were compromised.
Keeping your own information safe can be stressful enough, but what if you have to start worrying about your children or grandchildren's safety? Unfortunately, with the latest data breach, that's the world we are living in.
The website, i-Dressup, was recently breached and an estimated 2 million usernames and passwords have been exposed so far. i-Dressup describes itself as a flash dress up games site and online community that encourages members to explore their creativity and fashion sense with unique personal profiles.
On top of i-Dressup being breached, the site owners are not responding to contact attempts from a breach notification service. Meaning the vulnerability is still active and the accounts of nearly 5.5 million members are at risk. Making matters worse, passwords were stored on the site in plain text and not encrypted.
Cybercriminals who get their hands on the leaked information can sell it on the dark web to the highest bidder, or just put it up online for everyone to see. It's more difficult to know when a minor is a victim of identity theft because they normally have yet to begin monitoring their credit reports.
What's your next move?
- Have your child delete their i-Dressup account - When data breaches occur, changing the password for the affected site is recommended. In this case, since the vulnerability is still active, changing the password won't help. Deleting the account is the safest thing you can do.
- Check email account security settings - Make sure the email account associated with the i-Dressup account has updated security settings.
- Be aware of email scams - Let your children know that if their email address was affected by the data breach, they could start receiving scam emails. Cybercriminals could try impersonating site representatives to try and trick them to click on a malicious link.
- Don't use the same password on multiple sites - It's a good idea for you and your children to get in the habit of creating unique passwords for each site. If you're using the same password on multiple sites, you should go to each site and change them. Here's a tip on how to create a strong secure password.
- Have strong security software - Having a strong security solution on your family's gadgets is very important. The best defense against digital threats is strong security software.