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What to do if your data has been hacked

If you’ve been the victim of a data breach, take these 5 steps immediately!

What to do if your data has been hacked
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Unless you’ve been staying offline – in which case you won’t even be reading this piece – chances are you’ve got some information stored online.

From basic ones like your name and address to something more personal like your health data, date of birth or credit card details.

It’s become so common that we sometimes don’t even think twice about keying in these bits of info whenever we start a new account.
 
Unfortunately, that means there’s a fair bit of data about us that can be stolen online, sometimes through no fault of our own.

Take, for example, the recent SingHealth breach in Singapore where the hackers accessed the information of 1.5 million people, including Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
 
And then there’s the Facebook fiasco earlier this year where the data of 87 million people around the world was improperly shared with British political consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica.
 
Having your data stolen is the digital equivalent of losing your wallet – and will give you an equally big headache.

As long as there is information about you available online, you are vulnerable.

The concern is, we never quite know in what way our data will be used against us down the road once it gets in the hands of hackers.
 
If you’ve ever had your data stolen, here are 5 things you should immediately do in order to minimise the damage:

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1. Find out what was stolen
1. Find out what was stolen
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You will be informed via email, mail or text message if your data was stolen and what was likely accessed.

Is it just your login credentials or did the thieves get away with your credit card and identity card info?

Take note, however, that scammers can also take advantage of situations like these and send you a phishing email or text message to try and get your personal information.

These can look and sound like they come from the official company but are actually fraudulent.

To be safe, don’t clink on any links provided.

Just head straight to the company’s website to find out how you can get help.



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