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A tip to prevent a Data Breach

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In a recent article, “How to avoid becoming the next victim of a data breach” by Ben Wolford, several tips are offer to assist individuals to help save their important electronic data from the trappings of cyber criminals.

One such tip states to:

Reduce the amount of information you give out

This isn’t always possible or practical, but companies can’t expose data they don’t have. It’s the most sure-fire way to mitigate your risk of a data breach. In the case of medical or financial information, our control is limited. Banks, credit bureaus, and other financial institutions collect your data often for regulatory purposes or through agreements you can’t opt out of.

But other companies — particularly websites operators like Google, Facebook, or Twitter — usually only collect and store information that you allow them to have.

For example, this article shows you how to delete your Google data. In the early days of Facebook, many people treated photo albums as cloud storage. But multiple privacy and security breaches at Facebook have shown that information stored on the company’s servers is not necessarily safe. Privacy settings are not a solution because the data is still vulnerable to breaches, even if your friends and followers can’t see it.

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Ben Wolford is a writer at Protonmail. A journalist for many years, Ben joined Proton to help lead the fight for data privacy.

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Companies and individuals must protect their data as they would their physical assets.  Spend a little extra on digital security software. Monitor your systems for vulnerabilities, scan and update often, implement firewall protection, change passwords often and never repeat them, and purge legacy systems. By actively promoting good cyber hygiene practices, servers, personal computers, mobile phone and IoT devices’ data will be better protected and outside attacks will be thwarted.

At Least 6,300 Students In Data Breach Of Portland School District May Be Affected

Two high school students in Portland, Oregon are responsible for data breach incident that was reported Friday.

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The Centennial School District announced the security breach of its student information systems. District officials do not currently believe any important student information was taken, but the investigation is ongoing. 

Law enforcement is determining the full extent of the breach and figuring what was taken. The District's IT staff reportedly have found and secured the access points that were hacked by the students. The students, who are both under 18, told authorities they did it to "show that the system could be hacked," said Carol Fenstermacher, a school district spokeswoman. 

The hackers were able to access names, birth dates, addresses, schools and grade levels, phone numbers, student IDs, and demographic information of all current and former students were accessed in the incident. Though the number of current and former students that have been affected is unclear, the district, currently serving 6,300 students, does not believe social security numbers were accessed. 

Updates pertaining to the incident and investigation will be posted on the district's website


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